DTI orders recall of 2010 - 2015 Mitsubishi Montero Sport units

Updated Jun 01, 2021 | Same topic: Highlights of the Week

Despite the recall order, MMPC has strongly asserted the safety of its vehicles.
Philippines’ Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has ordered Mitsubishi Motors Philippines, Corp. (MMPC) to recall all Montero Sport units from the 2010 to 2015 model years equipped with manual transmission.  
Angular front of the 2015 Mitsubishi Montero Sport

DTI has ordered MMPC to recall all automatic Montero Sport units from the 2010 to 2015 model years 

DTI’ decision is the response to complaints filed against MMPC about the sudden unintended acceleration (SUA) issue and consequently death and injuries. However, it found that "substantial evidence has been presented not relating to the genuine occurrence of SUA but pertaining to the fact that the Mitsubishi Montero automatic transmission 2010 - 2015 models vehicles are with defect in its design which breeds susceptibility for pedal misapplication..."

DTI was exercising powers to cease and desist from the marketing and selling of the affected Mitsubishi Montero Sport SUV. Besides, MMPC was required to publish in a newspaper of general circulation this recall order within 20 days after the final decision. And finally, the company must give 24 complainants a refund and pay an administrative fine of ₱ 300,000.
front view of Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation building

MMPC must give 24 complainants a refund and pay an administrative fine of ₱ 300,000

However, Teodoro Pascua - DTI Undersecretary said that the “final decision is still under consideration” as MMPC has filed a motion for reconsideration against the ruling. DTI’s Fair Trade Enforcement Bureau (FTEB) will be in charge of this reconsideration and giving the final and official resolution.

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Up to now, MMPC has still confirmed that “No safety-related concerns on SUA have been raised in any other market concerning the Montero Sport 2010 for sale automatic, of which 360,000 units have been sold around the world.”

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Mitsubishi Montero Sport

One of the most known SUVs in the Philippines is the Mitsubishi Montero Sport. It continually hits the list of best-selling cars in the country every year. Its popularity continues to grow because it is a reliable, tough, midsize body-on-frame SUV on and off-road, and a family car. It is not just a symbol of social status. The Mitsubishi Montero Sport, as a third-generation model, displays its benchmark for the brand's contemporary lineup, which is the 'Dynamic Shield' grille that shows a completely redesigned front. The new Mitsubishi Montero Sport features chrome linings that cover the large air intakes and stretch forth to the fog lamps, complemented by a sleek tail and headlights. Inside the cabin, top-notch variants and additional sportier trims for GT variants get to have leather-wrapped seats. For entertainment and central control, it is equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Powering the Mitsubishi Montero Sport is the all-new 2.4L Diesel Engine, 4 Cylinder 16 Valve DOHC. The task of the Mitsubishi Innovative Valve-timing Electronic Control system (MIVEC) is to achieve low fuel consumption and exhaust emissions but a high-power output. Similar to the model it replaced, the Mitsubishi Montero Sport is L200 or Strada pickup based. The chassis and half of its front body structure are the same as its pickup sibling. It still uses the three-link live axle coil spring for the rear suspension and the independent double-wishbone front suspension from the model it supersedes. It comes with drum-in-disc rear brakes and ventilated front disc brakes. It is a standard for all variants to have 18-inch alloy wheels. The Mitsubishi Montero Sport features standard airbags for both driver and passenger, three-point seat belts for all the seven occupants, ABS with EBD, and an ISOFIX child seat anchors on the second row. Additional features for the GT variant consist of Trailer Stability Assist, knee airbag for drivers, and curtain airbags.

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