DTI probes alleged defect of Mitsubishi Monteros

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Complainants want Mitsubishi to stop selling Montero Sport units.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) – For the first time, complainants against Mitsubishi Motors Philippines gathered for an investigation on Wednesday (December 2) at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

At least 25 individuals appeared before trade officials to share their experiences. They all claimed they experienced sudden unintended acceleration (SUA) on their Montero Sport.

Their stories are almost similar – they were driving a Montero Sport when their vehicles suddenly jerked forward, breaks failed and they lost control.

Most said the airbags also failed to activate when the incident happened, something Mitsubishi representatives cannot explain for now.

The incident caused damage to property, injuries and worse, death. Most were traumatized.

Some still drive their Montero Sport but admitted they fear and worry for their lives.

The complainants want Mitsubishi to stop selling Montero Sport units pending an investigation, and that the company should get to the root of the problem.

Other panelists in the DTI probe were representatives from the Institute of Electronics Engineers of the Philippines, Automobile Association of the Philippines, Science and Technology Department, and National Consumer Welfare Council.

Related: Other vehicles accused of sudden acceleration problems