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TMR Team | Jul, 09 2013 | 7 Comments

Mitsubishi Australia has announced the recall of 4855 new Outlander SUVs after it confirmed potential defects with the big wagon's safety systems.

Vehicles affected by the recall may have issues with the programming of the Outlander's adaptive cruise control and forward-collision mitigation systems.

Mitsubishi says there could also be an issue with the Electronic Time and Alarm Control System which can result in the turn signals failing.

The company will also replace the electronic power steering computer in affected models.

The recall notice reads:

The Electronic Power Steering computer may fail, causing the EPS warning lamp to illuminate and in the worst case this may require an increased effort to turn the steering.

* When driving in a tunnel with the Adaptive Cruise Control "On”, the system may judge the wall of the tunnel as an approaching vehicle and automatically operate the brakes.

* "ACC failure", "FCM Failure" and "ASC failure" may be displayed on the combination meter with a warning alarm, and these systems may stop functioning.

* Internal programming of the ETACS-computer that may result in failure of the turn signals, if the “answer back” feature is activated when operating the electric tail gate.

Owners of affected vehicles will be contacted by mail, although owners may also contact their dealer for further information.

The new Outlander went on sale in Australia in November, and has proven a popular seller in the medium SUV segment.

In June, Mitsubishi moved 1251 Outlanders. Although strong numbers, the Outlander was bettered by the ageing X-Trail (1311), the new CR-V (1579), the new RAV4 (1590) and the market-leading CX-5 (2036).

MORE: read TMR's Medium SUV Comparison Review.

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