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Recall 16V791000

Windshield Wipers Stop Working

Recall Details

The wiper link ball joint can corrode and cause the wiper link to separate and stop working. Dealers will replace the rubber boot on the wiper link ball joint to prevent water intrusion. Additionally, dealers will inspect the wiper motor crank arm for excessive play, replacing it as necessary.  All repairs will be done free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

Moisture can cause corrosion to build up on the wiper link mechanism, possibly causing the link to separate. This would cause the wipers to fail, resulting in reduced visibility for the driver which can cause an accident.

What Should You Do?

Recall repairs on your Mitsubishi must be performed by a Mitsubishi dealership. Mitsubishi will notify known owners of affected vehicles (a timetable for this notification is not available as of the time of this writing). If you do not receive a notification, but wish to check to see if your vehicle is included, please contact one of your local Mitsubishi dealerships. They will also check for any other incomplete recalls on your vehicle. For best results, be prepared to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the service department consultant you speak with.

Body, Interior & Misc., October 31, 2016

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
October 31, 2016
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
100,082
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
16V791000
Component
VISIBILITY
Summary
Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) is recalling certain model year 2007-2013 Outlander vehicles manufactured September 8, 2006, to March 29, 2013. In the affected vehicles, water may enter between the hood and windshield and cause the front wiper link ball joint to corrode, possibly resulting in the wiper link separating and the wipers becoming inoperative.
Consequence
Loss of wiper function can reduce visibility and increase the risk of a crash.
Remedy
MMNA will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rubber boot on the ball joint to prevent water intrusion. Additionally, they will inspect the wiper motor crank arm for excessive play, replacing it as necessary. These repairs will be done free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact MMNA customer service at 1-888-648-7820. MMNA's number for this recall is SR-16-009.
Notify
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
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