— Mitsubishi is recalling more than 9,100 vehicles because the forward collision warning systems can cause the vehicles to suddenly brake on their own.
Recalled are the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, Outlander Sport, 2018-2019 Eclipse Cross and 2017-2018 Outlander.
Mitsubishi learned about forward collision mitigation problems in March 2017 after three overseas complaints about vehicles that suddenly braked on their own even though nothing was in front of the vehicles. However, engineers found the forward collision systems worked properly.
Another report arrived that described the driver being involved in a rear-end crash because the car suddenly braked without warning, causing the rear vehicle to hit the Mitsubishi. Again, engineers performed tests and could find nothing wrong with the systems.
More reports were filed in Japan and Singapore and engineers determined the drivers had pushed the brake pedals when the brakes were activated by the forward collision systems.
In June the automaker reprogrammed the software to shorten the operation time of the brake by the forward collision system to prevent a driver from applying the brakes too hard. Mitsubishi decided to order the U.S. recall even though there have been no reports from the U.S.
The Mitsubishi recall should begin October 16, 2018. Dealers will reprogram the forward collision software, but customers with questions may call Mitsubishi at 888-648-7820 and refer to recall number SR-18-007.