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Mitsubishi Recalls Outlanders for Windshield Wipers

November 10, 2016

Photo of Mitsubishi Outlander Sport courtesy of Mitsubishi. 
Photo of Mitsubishi Outlander Sport courtesy of Mitsubishi.

Mitsubishi Motors North America is issuing two separate recalls involving nearly 195,000 Outlander and Outlander Sport SUVs at risk for windshield wiper failure, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

One of the recalls covers 94,534 Outlander Sport compact SUVs in the 2011-2015 model years. In these vehicles, water may drop between the hood and windshield and then leak into the wiper motor breathing hole, NHTSA said. The water may cause internal corrosion of the windshield wiper motor, which might lead to wiper motor failure.

“Failure of the wiper motor can cause a loss of visibility, increasing the risk of a crash,” NHTSA warned on its website.

Dealers will replace the wiper motor, free of charge, to resolve the problem.

The other recall involves 100,082 Outlander SUVs in the 2007-2013 model years. Again, they’re at risk for windshield wiper failure tied to corrosion that results from water entering between the hood and windshield.

Dealers will replace the rubber boot on the front wiper link ball joint to prevent water intrusion. They will also inspect the wiper motor crank arm for excessive play and replace it if necessary, NHTSA said. There will be no charge for these services.

Vehicle owners can reach Mitsubishi customer service at (888) 648-7820.

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