Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) has released a safety inspection notice on certain models it sold in the Philippines due to faulty airbag inflators. The recall is a safety bulletin for specific products in its line-up.
According to MMPC, the propellant (ammonium nitrate) used in the airbag inflator may have deteriorated over the years and, as a result, the inflator itself may rupture at the time of deployment which can cause injury or death.
Mitsubishi listed the specific model years of the vehicles affected by the airbag safety inspection as the following:
2005 – 2008 Fuzion
2006 – 2009 Lancer
2009 – 2010 Lancer Evolution IX
2007 – 2014 L200 and Strada
2007 – 2016 Pajero
MMPC said there were no reported injuries or fatalities caused by the defective airbag inflator but it is issuing the safety bulletin to prevent any future incidents.
Customers who wish to check if their vehicle is part of the recall can go to the Mitsubishi webpage to have their VIN checked and verified or simply call their dealers. Should the vehicle be part of the recall, customers can contact their Mitsubishi Motors dealership for the schedule of servicing appointment.
The inspection and/or replacement of the faulty inflator may take about one hour (two hours for the Lancer, Evo and Fuzion) and will be free of charge.
This is not the first time MMPC issued a safety recall on certain models due to a faulty airbag inflator. In March 2016, the company issued an airbag recall on numerous Lancer, Evolution IX and Fuzion models. There was also another airbag-related safety bulletin for select Strada and L200 variants in July 2016.