Mitsubishi recalls because of the faulty multi-belt tensioner and sunroof (week 46/18)

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Six recalls for 11 models of four carmakers were announced in the 46th week of 2018. Opel and Ferrari had one action each, two recalls were announced by Mitsubishi and Toyota.

Last week, Mitsubishi announced two recalls due to a possible failure of the ASC, ACC and ABS systems on their Outlander and Eclipse Cross models – we wrote here. One of the recalls also affected the ASX model and we were suspicious that it is already the fifth reported defect of these cars this year. After only a week we have the Mitsubishi ASX in the Rapex list again. The flange area of the engine’s multi-belt auto tensioner may crack and cause the drive-belt to fall off. If this occurs, there will be a loss of power steering assistance, the battery will discharge and the engine may overheat and stall. The defect concerns the Model Years 2011 and 2012 vehicles. The same problem occurs with the Mitsubishi Outlander (2008 – 2012) and Mitsubishi Lancer (2008 – 2012). If these two models are equipped with a sun-roof, there is also a risk that its glass may separate from the frame.


Toyota also has two recalls this week. The Auris HV, Prius and Prius Plus models from 2010-2014 may not enter in a fail-safe driving mode in response to certain hybrid system faults. If this occurs, the vehicle could lose power and stall. The second recall concerns the small and playful Toyota GT86 (2012-2013). Due to a production error of the valve spring, its performance load may exceed the valve spring’s fatigue strength and it may fracture. The engine may stall while driving and it may be impossible to restart it.


The Opel Corsa, manufactured between January and May 2018, is in danger of opening the bonnet while driving because the secondary locking mechanism of the engine compartment may not function correctly. This is not an isolated case. In our archive, there are several other recalls due to the risk of a spontaneous opening of the bonnet. We write about it in a separate article Citroën, Hyundai, Porsche… 16 cars on which the bonnet may open while driving.


Last week, we also wrote about an expanded recall for some Ferrari models due to the problematic Takata airbags. This week, the Italian carmaker has published another recall that already has its place in our archive and is now expanding. Because of a software defect, critical brake disk wear is not indicated by a warning light or warning message. This could lead to damaging the brake disk and the increased risk of an accident with the Ferrari 488 GTB and Ferrari 488 Spider models produced between 2015 and 2017.


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