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Safety concerns in Mitsubishi Strada

My nephew, Hector Melencio , sent this letter to share his experience with driving a 4#215;4 a utomatic GLS Sport-V Strada and to warn motorists and the public about the danger of this type of vehicle. Hector is an assistant manager for marketing of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Co rp. or PAGCOR.

Here#8217;s his story:

#8220;On 28 September 2012, while I was maneuvering to park my Strada pickup (only 3 months old), it suddenly accelerated and hit the wall of a neighbor#8217;s house and the nearby electric post. Despite my vigorous braking, the pickup continued accelerating and stopped completely only after hitting the wall and the post three times.

#8220; Fortunately, I sustained minor injury because the distance covered by the runaway vehicle was not much, just across the street from our house to the neighbor#8217;s. But the damage to the vehicle was considerable. Two issues were raised by the incident: (1) the wild and uncontrolled acceleration of the pickup and (2) the non-deployment of the airbags.

#8220;The airbags should have been deployed because of severe impact; the gravity of the impact manifested by the severe bending of the chassis.

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#8220;A concerned neighbor said he knew of a problem about sudden acceleration of vehicles, specifically Montero whose platform, by the way, is Strada#8217;s. He gave me a link to a blog discussing the condition: Fortuner Club.

What happened to the 4#215;2 automatic Montero described in that blog was very similar to mine, except that it was much worse because of the distance the Montero travelled before stopping upon hitting the wall and then a tree, but after colliding beforehand with a Mercedez Benz, also while trying to park. The Montero continued jerking forward a couple of times before stopping. The airbag of that Montero did not deploy, same case with my Strada.

Also, there was no obstruction such as floor matting that would cause the gas pedal to be stuck up, same case with my Strada.

#8220;My father had the same experience in November 2008 when he was driving his new 2008 Strada 3.2 GLS Sport 4X4 automatic. He was at a stop at the corner of Roxas Boulevard and Coastal Mall, and when the green light was on he stepped on the gas but the vehicle accelerated suddenly. He kept stepping on the brake but the Strada kept accelerating, hitting a big truck in front of him.

The truck did not stop, maybe because it was so huge that it did not notice it was hit from behind or the driver didn#8217;t want to stop and argue with another driver. My father was confused at that time because he thought that he might be stepping on the gas, instead of the brake. But it was also hard for him to believe it since he was a veteran driver and therefore it was automatic for him to step on the brake, and the positions of the brake and gas pedals were not so close either.

Since he had not yet heard at that time about sudden acceleration of vehicles such as Lexus, and now Montero and Strada, he just surmised that he might have stepped on the gas instead of the brake.

#8220;I have written Mitsubishi Motors Philippines four times since the incident, asking them to address the issue of the safety concerns and replace my Strada with a new unit that is free from defect. The company, however, has not replied to any of my letters.

#8220;A complaint has been filed with the Department of Trade and Industry and Mitsubishi Motors has been informed, but it remained silent in this issue that could impact on road worthiness of their products and the safety of motorists and pedestrians.#8221;

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