Products Liability Law Daily Mitsubishi recalls 177K Outlander vehicles because seat belts may not restrain occupants
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Monday, July 20, 2020

Mitsubishi recalls 177K Outlander vehicles because seat belts may not restrain occupants

By Susan Engstrom

Interference from the second-row center seat belt buckle may cause the right-side seat belt buckle to break.

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) is recalling about 177,000 2014-2019 Outlander and 2018-2019 Outlander PHEV vehicles because the second-row center seat belt buckle may interfere with the right-side seat belt buckle when the seat backs are folded down. The interference may cause the right-side seat belt buckle cover to come off, making the buckle latch inoperable and unable to restrain an occupant. The company cautions that an unrestrained occupant has an increased risk of injury in the event of a crash (NHTSA Recall Notice, No. 20V403, Report receipt date: July 13, 2020).

Remedy. MMNA will notify owners, and dealers will modify the second-row center seat belt buckle cover, install a new warning label to the second-row seat support base, and provide a new warning label insert for the owner's manual, free of charge. This recall is expected to begin September 11, 2020.

Contact information. Owners may contact MMNA customer service at 1-888-648-7820. Mitsubishi's number for this recall is SR-20-004. Owners also may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Companies: Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.

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