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Mitsubishi is recalling certain 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport compact crossover SUVs over concerns about a defective turn signal.
A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the potential number of affected units at 21. Affected vehicles were manufactured from November 9, 2011 through December 16, 2011.
The NHTSA notice says that the affected vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108, Lamps, Reflective devices and Associated Equipment.
At issue is the fact that these vehicles have turn signals which were incorrectly manufactured, which could lead to the auto-cancel function not working as it is supposed to.
Failure of the auto-cancel function may result in the turn signal continuing to indicate the driver is preparing to turn, to a point after the auto-cancel should have terminated the signal if it was working properly. Improper signaling could lead to following or oncoming drivers misinterpreting the intended direction of the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport vehicle, thus increasing crash risk.
The remedy is that Mitsubishi dealers will inspect and replace the turn signal with a new one free of charge. Although the manufacturer has not yet provided an owner notification schedule, owners of 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport vehicles with any questions or concerns may contact Mitsubishi at 1-800-222-0037.
Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact the NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov. Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 12V001000.