A mass Mitsubishi recall is underway due to a defect that can cut out an engine without notice.

By Joe McDonough

Posted on October 16, 2017

TAKE NOTICE Mitsubishi owners across Australia.

Close to 50,000 Mitsubishi vehicles have been recalled as a result of a defect which can kill the engine at any time.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) today published a recall notice on the Mitsubishi Lancer (CJ & CF) 15-16MY, Mitsubishi ASX (XB) 15-15.5MY, and Mitsubishi Outlander (ZJ & ZK) 14MY & 16-17MY.

The consumer watchdog has published a list of car vehicle identification numbers that are subject to the recall, and you can also check via the Mitsubishi website.

The carmaker is also in the process of contacting known owners, but concerned motorists are advised to phone Mitsubishi on 1300 131 211.

The defect is believed to be in the power relays. It causes overheating, which in turn leads to engine failure.

Nissan recall

This follows Nissan’s recall of vehicles last month because of faulty Takata airbags.

The ACCC wrote: “There have been serious injuries and deaths from faulty Takata airbags. The inflator components may deteriorate and subsequently misdeploy in an incident causing metal fragments to propel out of the airbag.”

Takata ‘Alpha’ airbags were also installed in certain makes of BMW, Honda, Lexus, Toyota, and Mazda sold between 1999-2006.

The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development advises that approximately 50,000 cars are currently on Australian roads that contain the airbags that pose an “immediate danger”.