No recall of Montero Sport – DTI

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Mitsubishi, if proven guilty of releasing defective units, might be forced to have a product recall or return the payments of the 24 complainants.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) – There will be no recall of Montero Sport units for now, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said on Thursday (December 17).

This decision came after a two-week panel investigation was conducted based on complaints on the alleged sudden and unintended acceleration (SUA) incidents of Montero Sport units.

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A DTI inter-agency panel composed of the Bureau of Philippine Standards, Fair Trade Enforcement Bureau and the Consumer Protection & Advocacy Bureau led the assessment.

DTI ruled a third party was needed to conduct an investigation on the cause of SUA incidents.

The whole process will take about 20 days, after the DTI, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) identified a third party to do the investigation.

DTI mulls hiring foreign bodies to investigate the SUA cases, since the Philippines does not have a laboratory to conduct a full-vehicle check-up.

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Mitsubishi, if proven guilty of releasing defective units, might be forced to have a product recall or return the payments of the 24 complainants.