||Mitsubishi is recalling all Shogun models sold
in the UK between 1990 and 1999, and owners of 'grey' imported Pajero
and Montero models are also urged to contact their nearest Mitsubishi
dealership. Around 41,000 Shoguns are subject to this recall, and an
estimated 16,000-20,000 Pajeros or Monteros.
The recall is to replace the Pitman arm ball stud within the steering,
which can corrode and potentially fail. Eleven incidents of steering
failure, including two accidents, have been reported; water, grit and
mud intrusion under the lip of the steering joint's protective cover is
thought to play a part. "Continuous heavy use with repetitive
force, driving in severe off-road conditions, for example, could cause
the ball stud to break with a loss of steering control", says
Mitsubishi is contacting owners of 'official' Shogun models first of
all, and will also be trying to trace registered owners of Pajeros and
Monteros; it will also be advertising in selected press outlets.
"We have taken a positive view that this part needs to be changed
so we and our dealerships are getting on with it", said Stephen
Blackburn, Director of Mitsubishi UK aftersales. "There is no need
for everyone to rush at once; it is a case of making an appointment with
the service department at the Mitsubishi dealership. We are also taking
the equally positive view that those owners of grey imports should have
their vehicles attended to as well".
The recall work will be carried out free of charge, and takes around one
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