Mitsubishi is recalling certain 2013 Outlander Sport models for a couple of brake-related reasons. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the brake lamps may illuminate continuously or intermittently. On top of that, the NHTSA report states that the vehicle's shift lever could be moved out of the Park position without depressing the brake pedal.

A total of 4,539 Outlander Sport models are being recalled for these issues. All of the affected vehicles were built between June 11 and September 11, 2012.

Obviously, both of these issues can be hazardous. If the brake lamps do not illuminate properly, other vehicles may not realize that the car is stopping. And if the shift lever can be moved from Park without touching the brake pedal, the vehicle could roll away unexpectedly.

Mitsubishi will be notifying owners about these issues in the near future, though no specific schedule has been released as of this writing. Scroll down for the official NHTSA release.
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Report Receipt Date: MAR 29, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V116000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 4,539
Manufacturer: Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.


Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (Mitsubishi) is recalling certain model year 2013 Outlander Sport vehicles manufactured June 11, 2012, through September 11, 2012. These vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment," and FMVSS number 114, "Theft Protection." The brake stop lamps may illuminate continuously or intermittently. The shift lever could also be moved out of Park without depressing the brake pedal.


If the brake lamps do not illuminate properly other vehicles may not know when the vehicle is stopping. This could increase the risk of a crash. If the shift lever is moved from park without using the brake, the vehicle may roll causing personal injury.


Mitsubishi will notify owners, and dealers will correct the installation of the stop lamp switch, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Mitsubishi at 1-888-648-7820. Mitsubishi's campaign recall number is SR-13-004.


Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to

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      • 1 Year Ago
      I actually have the 2013 Outlander Sport SE and it is a great car. It has many features, is well built and not a rattle box, gets excellent gas mileage and my kids say the front reminds them of a shark. I selected it after trying out the Mazda CX-5, Nissan Rogue (they're everywhere), Toyota Rav4 (they're everywhere) and Honda CRV (they're everywhere). I didn't want a small SUV everyone else was driving so it came down to the CX-5 and the Outlander Sport. The CX-5 has a cheap interior and a lack of features unless you move up into high priced models. For those of you that knock this SUV, go try one out and when you see what you get for the price. I had never owned a Mitsubishi before and am a little stunned about how they put together such a good vehicle for the price compared to the other brands. The fact that it is built by Americans was the icing on the cake for my purchase.
      Bryan Lund
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mitsubishi\'s cars are stellar. The fact that sales are down says more about the stupidity of American carbuyers than it does about Mitsubishi cars and SUV\'s. Seriously. All I want to buy is a Mitsubishi product.
      Bryan Lund
      • 1 Year Ago
      As far as the "moving on its own" gearknob goes, you're on your own for that. Just kidding. That one sounds like someone that doesn't know how to drive was driving and moved it without thinking. You know how they stick sometimes? I'll bet close to no Mitsubishi Outlander Sport's even need that gearknob fix at all. Your recalls will take about an hour. After the mechanic has his cup of Starbuck's he'll pop another brakelight in for you. That one will take a bit of mechanical skill to do. You'll be fine.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm guessing many of those are still on dealer lots.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I admire Mitsubishi for sticking with the US market despite crappy products and virtually no sales.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am sure these cars are the ones assembled in US
      Michael Carley
      • 1 Year Ago
      simple same fuse for BRAKE LIGHTS as the neutral safety switch that blows there both dead