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Mitsubishi recalls Montero Sport, Strada for weld issues

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation has announced a recall of the Montero Sport and the Strada, saying it will "conduct a safety inspection campaign on both two- and four-wheel-drive variants."

The reasons cited for this safety inspection are:

* Weld condition of the front suspension lower arm. The welding bead dimension of the front lower arm is suspected to be insufficient, which may result in breakage while vehicle is in use. The inspection procedure is estimated to take 1.7 hours at the most, and when needed, replacement of both front lower arms is estimated at 6.3 hours. Coverage of this safety inspection includes 11,403 Montero Sport (2WD and 4WD) and 4,050 Strada (2WD and 4WD) units sold from 2011 to 2012.

* Weld condition of the front propeller shaft for four-wheel-drive models. The width of the welding bead between the tube and the stub shaft is suspected to be insufficient on some units, which may result in breakage while vehicle is in use. The inspection procedure is estimated to take 12 minutes at the most, and when needed, replacement is estimated at 36 minutes. Coverage includes 66 Montero Sport 4WD and 13 Strada 4WD units sold in 2012.

* Power-assisted reclining switch for the driver's seat on Montero Sport GLS SE and GT-V models. The power-assisted reclining switch may get stuck during usage and may result in the power-seat motor overheating. Replacement of the reclining switch is estimated at 18 minutes, and when needed, power-seat motor replacement should require a total of 2.5 hours. Coverage includes 8,059 Montero Sport 4WD (GLS SE and GT-V) units sold from 2009 up to present.

According to MMPC, there has been no record in the Philippines of failures or incidents involving the above-mentioned issues. The company is merely complying with Mitsubishi Motors Corporation's global directive to "voluntarily conduct this safety inspection as a proactive commitment to quality and consumer safety."

If you own a Montero Sport or a Strada and wish to find out if your unit is included in this recall, you may verify it by using your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and entering it on MMPC's website. In any case, you will receive notification via e-mail from MMPC if your vehicle is affected.

You may also get in touch with MMPC's Customer Care Center at (+632) 658-0673 from Monday to Friday, at 7am to 4pm, for more details.

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