Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) is recalling certain model year 2013 Outlander Sport vehicles manufactured Jan. 17, 2013, through Jan. 25, 2013. The stabilizer link bracket on the left front strut was improperly welded. As a result, the link may detach and cause damage to the tire and/or brake hose.
If the stabilizer link bracket damages the tire and/or brake line, the driver may have more difficulty controlling the steering of the vehicle, or the vehicle may require a longer stopping distance to come to a complete and controlled stop. Either condition increases the risk of a crash.
MMNA will notify owners, and dealers will inspect, and if necessary, replace the front left strut assembly free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during the week of july 29, 2013. Owners can contact MMNA at 1-888-648-7820. MMNA's recall number is SR-13-008.
Owners can also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.