Mitsubishi South Africa is currently running a recall campaign on all Lancer, Triton, and Pajero models.
The “Takata Recall” campaign is for vehicles that were possibly fitted with defective SRS Airbag inflators.
“In the event of a collision, the airbag inflator could rupture, causing sharp metal fragments to enter the vehicle cabin at high speed,” said the company.
“There is also a potential risk that the airbag may underinflate when deployed and may not provide the expected level of protection for the driver or front passenger.”
Mitsubishi South Africa has notified the last known vehicle owners of these potential defects via registered mail, and have provided a VIN checker on their website for drivers to check their vehicles.
The affected owners may contact the company directly at [email protected] or on 011 552 6000 if they would like to take action.
“Although we have not received any complaints from within the South African market, we have decided to conduct a voluntary recall campaign,” said Mitsubishi.
“All SRS units for Mitsubishi are being replaced as a precautionary measure, and worldwide to date no defective SRS units have been reported or any injuries during SRS deployment on the affected models.”
“We have completed almost 14,000 vehicles and [there are] still 13,500 outstanding.”
“All vehicles that come into our workshops are checked for recall and job cards are updated accordingly.”
The Takata Recall campaign has been live since 2015, and was relaunched in February 2020 to increase awareness.
Mitsubishi is currently working with institutions like the RTMC, Naamsa, and DOT to notify owners of the potential defects, and they have recorded improving numbers since November 2020.
The company said that the campaign will continue until all of the SRS Airbag inflators in Mitsubishi vehicles registered in South Africa have been replaced – faulty or not.