Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) is recalling 174,382 model year 2002-2007 Lancers, 2004 Lancer Wagons, 2003-2006 Lancer Evolutions, 2003-2006 Outlanders and 2007-2013 Outlander V-6 vehicles originally sold in, or ever registered in, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.
The vehicles' front lower control arms may detach due to the front cross member corroding from salt water exposure such as from road salt use.
A detached front control arm can result in the loss of control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
What to do
MMNA will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the front cross members. Depending on the level of existing corrosion, either a sealing/anti-corrosion agent will be applied or the front cross member will be replaced with a new one that has a sealing/anti-corrosion agent applied to it. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.
Owners may contact MMNA customer service at 1-888-648-7820. MMNA's number for this recall is SR-16-003.