Mitsubishi Recalls Rusty RVR Tailgate Struts

One of the brand’s strongest sellers, the RVR subcompact crossover gains the brand’s new ‘dynamic shield’ front end treatment, first seen on the Outlander that went on sale earlier this year; it’s better integrated here than on the larger Outlander, and gives the little RVR a more distinctive face–a good thing in a crowded segment.

Japanese manufacturer Mitsubishi has recalled more than 16,000 examples of its RVR compact crossover to replace liftgate struts that could corrode, weaken and fail.

According to the Transport Canada recall notice, the risk is the struts could rapidly let go of the pressurized gas that holds the rear door up, which would then fall suddenly on whoever was unlucky enough to be standing behind the car at the time. Mitsu blames struts that were not sufficiently treated with anti-corrosion solution during manufacturing.

This Mitsu recall sounds suspiciously like one Mazda issued in September, which leads us to think the struts involved were all manufactured by the same third-party supplier.

Mitsubishi is asking owners of affected RVRs from the 2011, 2012 and 2016 model years to take their cars back to the dealer, where technicians will replace the liftgate struts with updated parts.

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Chris Chase

Chris Chase

As a child, Chris spent much of his time playing with toy cars in his parents’ basement; when his mother would tell him to go play outside, he made car sounds while riding his bicycle or dug roads for his toys in the flower garden. Now he gets to indulge his obsession playing with real cars that make their own cool noises, and gets paid for it.