Mitsubishi is recalling the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport to fix a serious problem with its transmission. The recall affects more than 45,000 crossovers in the U.S.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recall stems from an improperly secured hose clamp associated with the Outlander Sport's continuously variable transmission. Here are a few technical details from NHTSA's official recall bulletin:
"The hose clamp(s) used on the continuously variable transmission (CVT) fluid hoses may not have been 'released' on some vehicles during the vehicle assembly line process. These hose clamp(s), if left in the open position, may not properly secure the hose end to the fitting and the hose could become disconnected from the fitting during vehicle operation. If this occurs, transmission fluid will leak out of the disconnected hose and the transmission will not function properly."
The transmission fluid leak poses two serious risks. Depending on the severity of the leak, the Outlander Sport might become completely inoperable, which could dramatically increase the risk of a crash. Also, if transmission fluid comes in contact with a hot surface, it can start a fire.
The recall is limited to 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport vehicles built between June 25, 2014 and November 25, 2015 that came equipped with 2.0-liter engines and continuously variable transmissions. Mitsubishi says that 45,731 of those vehicles are registered in the U.S.
Mitsubishi will mail recall notices to owners, asking them to take their vehicles to a local dealerships for service. Dealers will inspect the Outlander Sport's hose clamps and ensure that they're properly installed.
If you own one of these vehicles and have questions, you're encouraged to contact Mitsubishi customer service at 1-888-648-7820 and ask about recall SR-16-005. You can also call NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 and inquire about safety campaign #16V548000.