Japanese automaker Mitsubishi will recall up to 195,000 vehicles in the U.S. to fix a problem with their windshield wipers. The automaker doesn’t believe the problem has caused any injuries, according to regulatory filings posted online. Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. notified federal officials that it expects to recall up to 100,000 Outlander sport utility vehicles for the model years 2007 through 2013 and more than 94,000 Outlander Sport SUVs for the model years 2011 and 2012. Different parts of the models’ windshield wiper assemblies will be replaced free of charge, the company said. The automaker said that it found that a rubber component where the hood meets the windshield of Outlander windshield wipers could degrade over time, eventually creating an opening for water to wear out a metal joint. According to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), only 11 such incidents have been reported worldwide since 2010.
In the Outlander Sport models, the company said that water could seep into wiper motors and break them. Mitsubishi didn’t say how often the problem was reported, but it said it hadn’t received any injury claims related to either problem. Both defective parts were made by Denso Corp., the filings said. The company said that it hadn’t yet set a date on when it will notify consumers, but it must do so within 60 days of notifying U.S. regulators. The Outlander and Outlander Sport are Mitsubishi’s top models in the North American market, making up nearly 60 percent of the company’s sales here in all of 2015 and the first half of 2016.
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