Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. and General Motors have issued recalls for their 2013 Outlander Sport and 2013 Buick Encore, respectively. Two recalls have been issued for the Outlander Sport, one for its failure to conform to the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard, and the other for a possible lack of a fuel sending unit harness. The Encore has been recalled due to an improper installation of the steering wheel fastener.
For the first Mitsubishi recall–according to the FMVSS number 108 that deals with lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment–the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, manufactured between June 11, 2012 and September 11, 2012, may have brake stop lamps that are continuously or intermittently lit. Also, the Outlander fails to comply with number 114, dealing with theft protection as the shift lever could be moved out of Park without the brake pedal being depressed.
If these issues were to happen, other vehicles would not know when the vehicle in question is stopping, increasing the risk of an accident. If the shift lever is moved out of Park, the vehicle may roll, causing potential personal injury.
For the second Mitsubishi recall, the 2013 Outlander Sport with a manufacturing date between June 11, 2012 and December 11, 2012, was possibly built without a fuel sending unit harness for the sub-sending unit. This can result in a false fuel tank level reading. This would cause the driver to believe their tank is full when it is actually empty, as well as cause the engine to stall, increasing the chance of an accident.
For the 2013 Buick Encore, manufactured between December 9, 2012 and December 28, 2012 and equipped with a heated steering wheel, the steering wheel fastener might not be properly installed. This can cause the steering wheel to loosen or separate completely from the steering column, which obviously makes it pretty hard to point the car in the right direction.
Each manufacturer will notify owners of the select vehicles, and dealers will correct all problems at no cost to the owner. Mitsubishi has not yet set a notification schedule, but owners can contact the company by phone at (888) 648-7820 with campaign number SR-13-04 for the FMVSS issues and SR-13-005 for the fuel harness issue. Buick is expected to begin its recall by April 12. Owners can contact General Motors by phone at (800) 521-7300 with campaign number 13098. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline is also available for contact by phone at (888) 327-4236.