<p><em>Photo of Mitsubishi Outlander Sport courtesy of Mitsubishi.</em></p>

Mitsubishi Motors North America is recalling 50,228 Outlander Sport SUVs in the 2011, 2012, and 2016 model years because of faulty lift gates, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The vehicles involved were manufactured from Aug. 26, 2010, to June 1, 2012, and from Jan. 11 to July 8 of this year. The lift gate support outer tube on these SUVs may have insufficient anti-corrosion treatment, allowing the outer tube to corrode as a result of salt and water penetration, NHTSA said.

“If the outer tube corrodes, there may be a rapid loss of the gas used to provide lift assistance, causing the lift gate to fall suddenly, increasing the risk of injury,” the safety agency warned on its website.

Mitsubishi dealers will replace the lift gate supports, free of charge, to remedy the problem. Vehicle owners can reach Mitsubishi at (888) 648-7820. The automaker’s number for this recall is SR-16-011.