Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) has announced six different recalls, which the company calls field fix campaigns involving 23,133 units in the country. Affected models include the Outlander, ASX, Lancer, Lancer Sportback and Lancer Evolution.

The first is for the inspection and rectification of the rear parking brake, involving the Outlander (2016) and ASX (2013, 2015, 2017). The improper sealing of the parking brake may allow water to enter and cause the shaft to rust. The rust may erode into the internal caliper and reduce the parking brake force.

Second is the replacement of the front wiper link ball joint for the ASX (2011-2013). Improper waterproofing of the front deck portion can allow water drops through the back of the front deck. This can lead to the front wiper link ball joint getting excessive moisture, and corrosion.

Third is the inspection of the engine auto tensioner involving the ASX (2011-2012), Lancer (2008 – 2012) and Lancer Sportback (2011-2012). Due to the improper design of the auto tensioner, the sliding resistance force will increase over time. This may cause damage on the flange area of the auto tensioner if the engine is used under high-speed driving.

Fourth is the reprogramming of the ASC ECU software for the Outlander (2017). Due to improper software in the ASC ECU, an electric noise will generate when the motor pump is activated. This causes incorrect IC operation, which causes the ECU to reset. The hydraulic unit function may also be interrupted and this may affect the vehicle’s driving stability.

Fifth, the replacement of the sunroof glass on the Lancer Evo (2009). Depending on the temperature and humidity, the adhesive strength of the outer frame of the sunroof glass may become weak because of the resin material. Should this continue, there is a possibility that the sunroof glass will detach from the outer frame.

Last but by no means least important, is the replacement of the passenger airbag inflator on the Lancer (2004-2007). If the vehicle has been exposed to high levels of humidity for an extended period of time, the PSAN (phased-stabilised ammonium nitrate) propellant may deteriorate and cause excessive internal pressure. The inflator body of passenger side airbag may rupture during a normal airbag deployment event. This can lead to serious injury or death.

For all the recalls above, MMM will issue notification letters to all affected owners, and the full cost of the replacement and rectification will be borne by the company. All affected customers are requested to make an appointment at any Mitsubishi authorised service centre.