Sudden Unintended Acceleration. Sounds a similar to Sudden Unintended Pregnancy and I should think. However, I am 99.9999999% sure it is Filipino error. I leave 0.0000001% to an Act of Dog.
Mitsubishi took it seriously:
“Official Statement of Mitsubishi Motors Philippines on Claims of Sudden Unintended Acceleration
Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) would like to inform the public that the Sudden Unintended Acceleration (SUA) claims insinuating that the Montero Sport is defective are without any basis.
These SUA claims were not ignored but were attended to and each claim was investigated and appropriately addressed. MMPC with its mother company, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) Japan, performed a thorough investigation of these claims. In fact, experts from Japan went to MMPC last February and October 2011 and conducted series of tests on the units with this complaint. October of that same year, a unit with SUA complaint was also sent to MMC Japan to be inspected and tested in MMC’s proving ground in Okazaki, Japan. In all these tests, the claim of unintended acceleration did not manifest.
The phenomenon of SUA is not unique to the Philippines or Montero Sport models alone. In most SUA claims in other countries, the blame was placed on vehicle itself, but this was never established in various studies and tests conducted on this matter.
MMPC would like to caution the public, however, that pedal application errors (driver unintentionally stepping the gas pedal instead of the brake pedal) may cause sudden unintended acceleration.
Like with any other automatic vehicle, owners/drivers should always be mindful of their driving, making sure to step on the brake pedal when starting and when shifting gears. We also encourage every owner/driver to read the vehicle owner’s manual, as there are important reminders on the proper driving procedures most especially for automatic transmission vehicles. (Please see www.mitsubishi-motors.com.ph/safety-reminders.php)
If you are a Montero Sport owner and you have concerns about this claim, you may contact our Customer Service Hotline: (632) 250-8888 (7am to 3:30pm – Monday to Friday) or visit any of our service centers nationwide.
MMPC guarantees the quality and workmanship of all its vehicles, pursuant to warranty provisions and seek ways to continuously improve its products.
With this assurance, we hope that claims of SUA being unfairly attributed to the Montero Sport will be put to rest.”
Marco A. Tumalad also took it seriously. I think I have to go with him on this as his post makes some very keen observations on key arrears that are not generally covered in defensive driving training seminars and is an application of a method of car control formerly not known to me…:
“Marco A. Tumalad · Occuloplasty Fellow at Singapore National Eye Centre
I know 3 people personally who experience SUA. Mitsubishi claims they must have unintentionally stepped on the accelerator despite each of the drivers denying this. Mitsubishi may be right that it is the drivers fault, but does that absolve the manufacturer? 3 drivers making the same mistake in the same type vehicle is one too many, and this is just from my own personal knowledge. So maybe… nothing is wrong mechanically, but maybe it is the pedals or something. But, if they absolutely deny anything wrong with the vehicle, then maybe Mitsubishi has to start screening their customers and not sell their products to “idiot” drivers.”
So that is the answer. If Mitsubishi stops selling to the “idiot” drivers and all other manufacturers follow suit then no more cars will be sold as filipinos can only just about move a vehicle – THEY CERTAINLY CANNOT DRIVE! No more “idiots”, no more deaths.Published in