Mitsubishi is recalling more than 82,000 vehicles over transmission issues that could delay acceleration in certain driving conditions. Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc.’s recall encompasses 82,436 model year 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer sedans and Outlander sport utility vehicles, as well as 2015 to 2016 model year Outlander Sport SUVs. The vehicles are equipped with an constant velocity transmission, an automatic transmission that, if defective, will briefly cause hesitation during acceleration and can increase the risk of a crash.
The recall arises from consumer complaints between January and February 2016. An investigation by Mitsubishi and the CVT manufacturer Jatco Inc. found that a decrease in contact pressure between two electrical terminals caused a signal relay issue that led to the transmission malfunction. This issue caused the reduction in engine torque that led to acceleration hesitation, Mitsubishi said. To fix the issue, Mitsubishi will reprogram the CVT control unit with modified software, free of charge to owners. Mitsubishi says it’s not aware of any reported deaths or injuries relating to the CBT acceleration delay issue. The recall is Mitsubishi’s first in 2016. The automaker’s recall began on Aug.15.
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