If 2016 is the year of anything, it might be the auto recall. Tens of millions of vehicles have already been recalled this year for various reasons by Ford, Toyota, Honda, Chrysler, GM, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru, just to name a few.
Today, we can add Mitsubishi and Buick to that already lengthy list. This time, it's for two separate issues: a CVT-related acceleration problem and a fire hazard that could be caused by a faulty installation.
The CVT problem affects more than 82,000 Mitsubishi models including the 2016 Lancer, 2016 Outlander and the 2015-2016 Outlander Sport.
This issue specifically causes a lack or delay of acceleration, which potentially could be very dangerous. Just imagine trying to get out of the way of an oncoming car - you try to speed up to avoid a collision, but instead the car doesn't move. Not good.
The second issue involves 45,731 Outlander Sport models from 2015. In this instance, an installation clamp on the CVT hose was installed incorrectly.
The problem could lead to transmission fluid leaking, which can cause the car to suddenly stop. To make matters worse, if the leaked fluid touches any hot surface, such as the engine, the car could catch fire.
Buick's problem is similar, but on a much smaller scale, only affecting around 200 Buick Verano vehicles. In this case, it's a misrouted fuel line that, again, could cause the car to catch fire if it comes in contact with a hot surface, such as the engine.
What to do
If you're the owner of a faulty Mitsubishi, you should have already received a letter in the mail notifying you of the recall.
If you haven't received a letter but still want to check your specific vehicle, click here to run it through Mitsubishi's recall check. (Another resource to see if your car has been recalled is with Safercar.gov.)
The link you need will be on the bottom right-hand side of the screen and will be in a box labeled "Recall Information." Once there, enter your vehicle's VIN number and you should have your answer.
If you have an affected car, you'll want to take the car to the dealership immediately where technicians will fix the issues for free.
Buick owners also should have been notified and can use Safercar.gov to see if their car has been recalled or call 1-800-521-7300 for help. Affected cars will need to be taken to the dealership where they will also be fixed for free.