THE Department Trade and Industry (DTI) and Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Co. (MMPC) urged Montero users to have their unit tested for free even as the terms and conditions for the conduct third-party expert investigation of the reported cases against some Mitsubishi Montero Sport vehicles on claims of Sudden Unintended Acceleration (SUA) has yet to be laid out middle of January.
“This is our safety measure to avoid more cases of SUA because at present even though the problem has been identified which is SUA, still the cause of this issue has not been identified,” Edwin O. Banquerigo, DTI-Davao City director, said in Monday’s Kapehan Sa Dabaw at the SM City Annex.
The results of the two-week probe by a panel from DTI bared that aside from recommending for a third-party investigation, the panel also called "for all Montero automatic transmission (A/T) owned by the complainants to undergo mandatory preventive maintenance; proper preservation and endorsement of Data Trouble Code to a third party laboratory for evaluation; and MMPC to issue Certificate of Quality Re-Assurance before releasing the subject vehicles.
DTI Davao regional director, Ma. Belenda Q. Ambi said that the report also suggested that proper education and training to be conducted prior to the sale of Montero Sport prospective buyers “Prior to the sale of Montero Sport, prospective buyers must be explained thoroughly about the manner of using Montero sports because, investigation also pointed out that misuse of automatic vehicle is one of the factors of the reported cases,” Ambi said.
“Furthermore, MMPC to issue a public advisory on the matter; policy that SUA-related vehicles shall not be sold by Mitsubishi until there is a declaration that the Montero vehicle is roadworthy, as established by the third-party laboratory; and MMPC to bear the cost of repair for vehicles that will subject for recall after independent third party evaluation,” read the report.
Banquerigo added that during the third party investigation, the examination will be focusing on the unit’s computer box.
When asked if MMPC has noted a decrease of sales of the Montero sport units, Banquerigo said that monitoring of sales has been included presently under the study.
At present, there are some 60,000 Montero sports units in the country, a total of 97 SUA incident-related cases are noted, 24 cases of which were formally filed by a complaint.
For Davao City only one case has been reported. The Davao SUA incident, according to the complainant happened two years ago.
DTI officials underscored that a recall for Montero Sport vehicles is not yet recommended at this time until the third-party probe will be concluded with a defect on the Montero Sport vehicles.
“There will only be a recall if the casue of the problem will be identified, but as of now, wala pang cause so it cannot be recalled yet,” Banquerigo said.