Call it a coincidence, but just mere minutes after the Chief tackled the Mitsubishi Montero Sport sudden acceleration cases in his All Will Drive column, we received Mitsubishi Motors Philippines' official statement on the matter. In a related development, the blog monteroaccident.blogspot.com has been taken down.
Here is Mitsubishi Motors Philippines' statement in its entirety:
"Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) has received complaints of unintended acceleration on the Montero Sport.
"Upon receiving these complaints on unintended acceleration, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) Japan dispatched its engineers last February to investigate the claims. The investigation yielded that all the components (fuel injection system, pedal, engine control unit, wiring harnesses, etc.) and software were operating normally within specifications. MMC will also investigate the latest reported cases of unintended acceleration.
"In addition, we would like to note that the electronic throttle system of the Montero Sport has undergone extensive testing not only during its development but also during mass production to ensure that it will function the way it was designed to.
"If you are a Montero Sport owner and in any way bothered by these 'Montero Sport sudden-acceleration' Internet blogs, you may bring your vehicle to any Mitsubishi service center nationwide for a free checkup. Meantime, we also encourage every owner/driver to read the owner’s manual as there are important reminders on the proper driving procedures, most especially for automatic transmission vehicles.
"MMPC would like to assure the public that every vehicle developed by MMC and its components undergo extensive testing and are of the highest quality level, and that we are committed to your utmost satisfaction and safety."