This is the final installment in this week’s safety recall updates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). These recalls deal with two Japanese imports. The first is manufactured by Fuji Heavy Industries (which does business as Subaru) and the second is a Mitsubishi. The overall unit count is few by today’s standards but safety knows no boundaries; large or small. Log in often to BestRide.com as we keep you abreast of the latest safety recalls, automotive news and views, and give you free access to millions of new and used vehicle bargains.
Remember to look inside of the driver door jamb of your vehicle (most vehicles) to find the manufacturing date (Month/Year) to see if your ride is being recalled.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V366000
Vehicles Affected: Certain 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander vehicles equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Additionally, Mitsubishi is recalling certain 2007-2012 Mitsubishi Outlander vehicles that received dealer/factory replacement 6-speed automatic transmissions. Approximately 203 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.
Cause: The design of the transmission case in some of these vehicles may not provide sufficient clearance between the torque converter housing and the vehicle’s power steering high-pressure tube.
Concern: The steel power steering high-pressure tube could develop a leak as a result of an extended period or periods of contact with the transmission housing. If the power steering leaks from the pump, steering assistance could be lost resulting in the increased risk of a motor vehicle crash.
Correction: Mitsubishi North America will notify owners with specific instructions for having the power steering hose/s (pressure and return) inspected and replaced as required, free of charge. This recall is slated to begin in August 2014 and vehicle owners may contact Mitsubishi customer service at 1-800-648-7820.
NOTE: On a serious note, hydraulic fluid can be flammable if it comes into contact with hot surfaces (such as engine exhaust components). This is particularly true when it leaks in copious amounts, as it likely will if a hole develops in a power steering high-pressure tube. Be very careful with this one, adding fluid may only contribute to the problem, and get it repaired as soon as possible (ASAP).
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V471000
Vehicles Affected: Certain 2003-2005 Subaru Legacy, Outback, and Baja vehicles, as well as 2004-2005 Subaru Impreza (including WRX/STi) vehicles that are currently or have ever been registered in Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands and that are equipped with Takata-brand passenger side frontal impact air bag inflators.
Cause: In the event of passenger side frontal impact airbag deployment, excessive internal pressure could be generated due to a faulty Takata pressure regulator.
Concern: The excessive internal pressure generated due to the faulty regulator could cause the metal airbag inflator to rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially injuring vehicle occupants.
Correction: Subaru will notify owners with specific instructions for having the passenger side frontal impact airbag replaced, free of charge. The automaker has not yet provided a schedule for initiation of this recall campaign. Vehicle owners may contact Subaru customer care at 1-800-782-2783.
NOTE: This is the same recall that we have seen in millions of vehicles (from virtually every automaker). If you determine that your vehicle is affected by the conditions of this recall, then avoid allowing vehicle occupants to occupy the front passenger seat. Disable the front passenger side frontal impact airbag, if it is so designed. Please, always wear your safety belt.