Mitsubishi will recall 50,228 Outlander Sport sport-utility vehicles in the U.S. because the rear lift gate can fall down and possibly injure someone.
The recall will affect 2011-2012 versions of the model manufactured between Aug. 26, 2010 and June 1, 2012, and 2016 models produced from Jan. 11 to July 8.
The outer tube of the lift gate gas spring may not have received enough anti-corrosion treatment from the supplier, and may corrode over time. If this happens, the lift gate gas spring — which uses high pressure gas to function — could quickly lose pressure.
Since the gas spring provides lifting assistance to the lift gate, a quick drop in pressure could cause the lift gate to fall down suddenly. This could cause an injury, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Owners of the affected SUVs are encouraged to bring their vehicles in to replace the lift gate gas spring.
Mitsubishi has not yet provided a dealer and owner notification date.