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Mitsubishi & Toyota announce Australia’s biggest recall, affects over 800,000 cars

Mitsubishi and Toyota have announced recalls for nearly a million units combined, citing various potential safety hazards.

Mitsubishi Lancer RalliArt

In Australia’s largest ever recall in a two-day period, 500,000 units were recalled due to a possible electrical fault with the lights, wipers and turn signals in more than eight Mitsubishi models, including the Lancer, Triton, Pajero, Outlander, Colt and iMiev.

Around 45,000 Outlander and Lancer sedans produced between 2009-2010 are at risk of having its headlights and wipers turn off without a warning, according to Mitsubishi.

The Evo, on the other hand, is being recalled for a more significant handbrake cable defect that could eventuate in a fuel leak due to friction between the cable and the fuel tank.

As for Toyota, it announced the recall of 324,000 vehicles produced between October 2008 and February 2015. The model recalls include the ever-popular Corolla, Rukus and hybrid-powered Prius.

The recall was implemented following nine separate alerts from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission – the federal watch dog. The recall affects models built over the last ten years.

Toyota issued a statement explaining that, “a crack may develop on the fuel suction plate assembled to the fuel tank. If this occurs, the crack could expand over time and fuel may eventually leak when the vehicle has a full tank of petrol. Fuel or fuel vapour in the presence of an ignition source could increase the risk of a vehicle fire.”

Toyota also specified an issue with airbags fitted to the Prius, similar to the Takata outbreak which could lead to lethal projectiles shooting from the dash. “One or both sections of the inflator could enter the interior of the vehicle. If an occupant is present in the vehicle, there is an increased risk of injury,” Toyota said.

Mitsubishi and Toyota have begun notifying owners by mail to bring their vehicle in for the complimentary fixes.

Mitsubishi models affected

2012 i-MiEV

2014-2015 Lancer Evolution 10

2014-2015 Ralliart

2016 ZK Outlander

2009-2010 Lancer

2009-2010 Lancer Sportback

2009-2010 Outlander

PB & PC Challenger

GA & GB i-MiEV

CJ Lancer Sedan & Sportback

ZG & ZH Outlander

NS, NT, NW & NX Pajero

ML & MN Triton

2010 & 2012 i-MiEV

2014 PC Challenger

2016 MQ Triton and QE Pajero Sport (fitted with a genuine Mitsubishi towbar)

Contact Mitsubishi Motor Australia on 1300 131 211.

Toyota models affected

2012-2014 Corolla sedan, hatchback

2014-2015 Prius

2014 Rukus

Contact Toyota on 1800 987 366.

Alexi is a contributing news journalist and junior road tester at PerformanceDrive. He has a passion and appreciation for the engineering in cars, as well as new technologies that lessen the impact on the environment. His dream cars are an M3 to drive to work, and a LaFerrari for the weekend.