Control arms are pretty integral to your vehicle’s suspension–they literally hold the wheels in place and keep them attached to the chassis, while those control arms are jointed to oscillate and adapt to the road. They’re also supported by shocks and springs and thus, you have your vehicle’s suspension-the tuning, geometry, and design of those components are the tricky part.
For the most part however, they’re built to withstand force and are very strong…unless you own one of nearly 175,000 Mitsubishi models currently being recalled for control arm failures.
Cars in certain states are being recalled due to the use of salt for the roads during the winter, which rusts the front control arms and could lead to failure and loss of control of the vehicle.
In other words, it’s a pretty darn big and hazardous failure, hence the recall.
So if you own one of the following, or know your car is registered in a state that openly and judiciously uses road salt when it’s icy or snowy:
- New Hanpshire
- New Jersey
- New York
- Rhode Island
- West Virginia
- District of Columbia
And drive one of the following Mitsubishi vehicles:
Mitsubishi Cars Recalled
- 2002-2007 Mitsubishi Lancer
- 2003-2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
- 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Wagon
- 2003-2006 Mitsubishi Outlander
- 2007-2013 Mitsubishi Outlander V6
…your car is being recalled.
Dealers are obligated to inspect the front subframes and cross members on these affected cars and replace parts or refurbish them accordingly.
– By: Chris Chin