Mitsubishi recalls half a million cars in Australia

If you own a Mitsubishi car and it is made between 2004 and current models, a safety recall has been effected and Mitsubishi car owners may be affected.

It is estimated that almost every Mitsubishi model sold in Australia over the past 10 years which is  close to 500,000 cars  and approximately 324,000 of Toyota’s most popular cars are being recalled for safety reasons.

The list includes some most popular models including the Triton, Lancer, Pajero, Colt and even its super-sporting Lancer Evolution and Ralliart.

The massive recall was released earlier this week in nine separate alerts of differing faults released by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Faults include electrical problems which can affect turn signals, wipers and lights.

On the Mitsubishi Evo performance car the handbrake cable can rub on the fuel tank, causing it to rust and leaving it exposed to a possible fuel leak.

Toyota says the recall is due to the possibility that “a crack may develop on the fuel suction plate assembled to the fuel tank”.

“If this occurs, the crack could expand over time and fuel may eventually leak when the vehicle has a full tank of petrol. Fuel or fuel vapour in the presence of an ignition source could increase the risk of a vehicle fire,” Toyota says.

Toyota is also issuing a second, airbag-related recall for the Prius because “some (airbag) inflators could have a small crack in the weld area joining the chambers … and one or both sections of the inflator could enter the interior of the vehicle. If an occupant is present in the vehicle, there is an increased risk of injury”.

Owners of the affected Mitsubishi and Toyota cars will be notified by mail and asked to make an appointment to take their car to the nearest dealership, where repairs will be made free of charge.

The recalls come as the industry is still struggling to keep up with replacing potentially deadly Takata airbags in 1.3 million cars in Australia that can spray shrapnel if deployed in a crash.




Lancer Sedan & Sportback




Lancer Evolution + Ralliart


Please note : Some vehicles may be recalled for more than one reason.

Mitsubishi Colt 11MY CVT and Mitsubishi Colt 11MY M/T
Affected vehicles: 1,513
Repair at a Mitsubishi dealer will take approx. 2 hours - power steering gear replacement
10MY and 12MY i-MiEV vehicles
Affected vehicles: 237 will require the EV ECU to be reprogrammed, 160 of these 237 require the brake vacuum pump to be replaced
Repair at a Mitsubishi dealer will take approx. 30mins for the reprogramming and approx. 1 hour for the vacuum pump replacement

09-10MY Lancer Sedan, Lancer Sport-back and Outlander
Affected vehicles: 44,585
Inspection and repair at a Mitsubishi dealer will take approx. 1 hour. All vehicles will be inspected and the ETACS ECU will be replaced in vehicles with ECU component date codes between 30/09/08 and 30/08/10

16MY ZK Outlander
Affected vehicles: 55
Repair at a Mitsubishi dealer will take approx. 1 hour, the existing vehicle harness will be reworked

PB & PC Challenger
GA & GB i-MiEV
CJ Lancer Sedan & Sportback
ZG & ZH Outlander
NS, NT, NW & NX Pajero
ML & MN Triton
Affected vehicles: As listed on ACCC website, total 383,379
Repair at a Mitsubishi dealer will take approx. 30 mins

14-15MY Lancer Evolution & Ralliart
Affected vehicles: 85 Lancer Evolution 10, 90 Lancer Ralliart
Repair at a Mitsubishi dealer will take approx. 1.5 hours for the park brake replacement. If a new fuel tank is required, then approx. 3 hours for cable and tank

12MY i-MiEV
Affected vehicles: 37
Repair at a Mitsubishi dealer will take approx. 1.5 hours - Motor Control Unit replacement

See the full ACCC list here

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