June 30, 2022 – Investigation Closed, Lawsuit Filed
Thank you to everyone who reached out to us in regard to this investigation. At least one proposed class action lawsuit has been filed and continues to make its way through the court system. As a result, attorneys working with ClassAction.org no longer need to hear from drivers who’ve had problems with their transmissions.
The information below was posted when this investigation began and remains for reference only. Our list of open investigations can be found here.
At A Glance
This Alert Affects:
Anyone who owns or leases one of the Mitsubishi vehicles listed on this page and experienced problems with the continuously variable transmission (CVT).
What’s Going On?
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether a defect is causing the CVTs in certain Mitsubishi vehicles to slip, jerk, vibrate or hesitate. If a defect is suspected, they may be able to get a class action lawsuit started to help affected drivers.
How Could a Class Action Lawsuit Help Me?
A class action lawsuit, if filed and successful, could help drivers recover money for repair and replacement costs, as well as loss of vehicle value. It could also force Mitsubishi to find a fix for the reported CVT problems.
Which Vehicles Are Included in the Investigation?
Attorneys are specifically looking into the 2014 – 2019 models of the Mitsubishi Outlander, Outlander Sport, Mirage, Eclipse Cross and Lancer.
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether a defect is causing the continuously variable transmissions (CVTs) in certain Mitsubishi vehicles to slip, vibrate, buck, shudder or hesitate.
As part of their investigation, the attorneys would like to speak with drivers who own or lease a 2014-2019 model of any of the following Mitsubishi vehicles and experienced problems with their transmissions:
Drivers have reported that their transmissions are slipping or hesitating, or that their vehicles can unexpectedly jerk, vibrate or emit a “whining” or “grinding” noise. A sample of these complaints can be found below [sic throughout, emphasis ours]:
I have a 2014 Outlander Sport. 12 weeks ago at 110,000, the car started whining on acceleration and within minutes the transmission started slipping. Transmission light came on. Brought it to my mechanic in Underhill and he said the transmission was gone.” — martman465, 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport driver, MitsubishiForum.com
The issue I'm having is that my CVT automatic transmission is jerky and clunky. Whenever I come to a stop it jerks into first gear after the car has completely stop. This is the most noticeable jerk. Other times, it will shift out of no where when going 40-60mph…after a new transmission was put in, or so they say, it had MORE problems than before. The gear shifter was not working properly…and I was still having the same exact jerking issues as before.” — WI Mirage, 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage drivers, MirageForum.com
CVT transmission; vehicle has 45k miles…when accelerating from a stop there is a brief ‘hesitation’ failure to move. When highway driving, attempting to accelerate to pass there is also ‘hesitation’. My last concern unmentioned by the manufacturer is the constant over-heating of the CVT transmission…it's a factory defect in design and should be corrected via manufacturer responsibility.” — NHTSA ID 11019040, 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer driver, Catawba, South Carolina
when driving at city street speed of 25 mph and under my car shakes so much and does not accelerate and feels like it is going to shut down. On 3 occasions I was rear ended because of this and one time was with a huge sanitation truck with my children inside the car…it is a very scary situation and I just bought this car about a year ago.” — 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander driver, CarProblemZoo.com
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are specifically investigating whether the vehicles listed above contain the same transmission as the one at the center of a previous class action lawsuit against Nissan.
The suit, which ended in a settlement providing warranty extensions, reimbursements for repairs and replacements, and vouchers toward new vehicles, alleged the CVT contained design and manufacturing defects that caused sudden and violent jerking, lagging when attempting to accelerate, clunking and complete failure of the transmission.
How Could a Class Action Lawsuit Help?
If filed and successful, a class action lawsuit could provide drivers with money back for repairs, transmission replacements and other damages, such as loss of vehicle value.
Further, Mitsubishi could be ordered to extend drivers’ warranties and provide a fix for the reported transmission problems.
What You Can Do
Before attorneys can even consider taking legal action, they need to speak with people who experienced shuddering, hesitating or jerking with their vehicles – and the information you provide could be helpful in getting a class action lawsuit started.