MANILA, Philippines — Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation on Monday that they would recall thousands of Montero Sport and Strada due to possible welding concerns.
Based on a statement, MMPC would be conducting a safety inspection campaign to check the welding condition of the front propeller shaft for the four-wheel drive models and the front suspension lower arm for both the two and four-wheel drive variants.
The MMPC stated the the welding bead dimension of the front lower arm and the width of the welding bead between the tube and stub shaft might break while the vehicle is in use.
The coverage for the weld condition of the front lower arm are the 11,403 Montero Sport (2WD and 4WD) and 4,050 Strada (2WD and 4WD) units sold from 2011 to 2012 while for the front propeller shaft, 66 Montero Sport 4WD and 13 Strada 4WD units rolled out in 2012.
The inspection procedure for the front lower arm would likely to take less than two hours at the most and when needed, replacement of both front lower arms is estimated at around six hours, and welding bead between the tube and stub shaft might likely take 12 minutes at the most and when needed, replacement is estimated at 36 minutes.
The MMPC would also be checking the possible power-assisted reclining switch for the Montero, saying that the switch might get stuck during usage and could result power seat motor overheating.
Further, replacing the reclining switch could take 18 minutes and replacement of power seat motor should require a total of two and a half hours.
Those covered in the checkup are 8,059 Montero Sport four-wheel drive models (GLS SE and GT-V) units sold from 2009 up to present.
So far, there are no reported failures or incidents nationwide that came from the possible faulty parts areas but the proactive move was made as the Japanese carmaker’s commitment to quality and consumer safety, according to the statement.
Customers could check on the MMPC website if their vehicle is included in the recall through their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
The statement claimed that affected customers will be notified via email.
For his part, MMPC President and CEO Hikosaburo Shibata extended is apologies to “all affected customers for the inconvenience caused by this safety inspection.”
He stated that MMPC has already mobilized its Customer Service Operation to communicate to all the affected customers and that all their service centers have been prepared to do the necessary inspection.