DTI Findings No Basis

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) released an official statement Wednesday after following the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) directive for the car manufacturer to recall the Montero Sport units with automatic transmission sold between 2010 and 2015 due to a supposed defect in its pedal placement design.

The Adjudication Division of the DTI made the decision after several customers who got involved in vehicular accidents alleged that the Mitsubishi model suffered from sudden unintended acceleration or SUA. The Department determined that the accidents were not due to SUA but due to a defective foot pedal placement design. With the findings, MMPC was ordered to ‘cease and desist’ from marketing and selling units of the said vehicle, and to give a refund to those that have affected vehicles based on its appraised value. At the same time, the car manufacturer was ordered to make public the recall within 20 days of the order.

MMPC, for its part, released an official statement saying: “The directive of the Department of Trade and Industry-Fair Trade Enforcement Bureau to recall the Montero Sport is NOT yet final and executory. It is important that in the findings of the DTI-FTEB itself found that there is no basis for any of the claims of Sudden Unintended Acceleration in the Montero Sport.

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) filed a Motion for Reconsideration against the regulatory ruling by the DTI-FTEB concerning the 2010-15 Montero Sport automatic.

Given our absolute commitment to customer safety, our principal Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, Japan commissioned Horiba Mira Ltd., a specialist automotive engineering company based in (the) UK to conduct tests on this alleged SUA claims. Horiba Mira found no technical issue with the 2010 – 2015 Montero Sport automatic.

We remain confident of the technical integrity of these models, and will robustly defend the safety compliance of the vehicle concerned.

No safety-related concerns on SUA have been raised in any other market concerning the Montero Sport (2010-2015) automatic, of which 360,000 units have been sold around the world.

We will not comment further until the adjudication process is complete.”