Watch: Complete Video of Mitsubishi Montero Sudden Unintended Acceleration Accident, Human Error?
The Mitsubishi Montero ‘sudden unintended acceleration’ (SUA) issue has been going on here in the Philippines since 2010. However, a recent similar incident captured on CCTV raised a question – Is this really a problem by Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (MMC), the manufacturer of the controversial Montero Sport, or is it human error made by the driver? Watch the complete video below.
Based on the report at TV Patrol this Wednesday, November 25, a driver is trying to park a Mitsubishi Montero Sport SUV in front of a police station in Quezon City on September 7, 2015. As you can see, the vehicle hit the wall and three motorcycles as it suddenly runs backwards. The same Montero Sport also hit two cars in front as it runs fast forward.
According to the driver who was only identified as ‘JR’, he heard a very loud noise coming out from the engine. He insisted he stepped on the brakes and even used the hand brake. The driver said he didn’t know why the Montero Sport still accelerated so fast. He even described the car as being possessed by the devil, noting that he feels like this could be his end.
Mitsubishi Montero sudden unintended acceleration accident report by TV Patrol
However, the video of the incident aired by TV Patrol is not complete. The unedited version was featured at Top Gear Philippines Facebook page, and showed the whole incident. Here, you will notice that ‘JR’ is not really the first driver of the said Mitsubishi Montero. He just replaced the original driver when the latter was having difficulties in parking the vehicle.
You will also notice that the brake lights were initially functional. However, they didn’t light up when ‘JR’ was the one driving. According to Top Gear Philippines print associate editor Paulo Subido, the brake lights should light once the driver steps on the brake pedal, even if the brakes are not working. Now, could it be that ‘JR’ stepped on the gas instead of the brake pedal?
What about the incident when the Mitsubishi Montero suddenly run forward and hit two cars? As suggested by Top Gear Philippines technical editor Ferman Lao, ‘JR’ might have switched the gear set to D instead of N, and the vehicle moved forward. For the black smoke just before the Montero stopped, he suggested that ‘JR’ might have stepped hard on the brakes.
But while this particular accident remains questionable, Top Gear Philippines believes there’s noting wrong with the Mitsubishi Montero in general. The paper noted that they found no similar incidents reported in over 97 countries where the vehicle is being sold. And because the problem is happening only in the Philippines, they suggested that it could be caused by human error.
Here is the complete sequence of events in that Mitsubishi Montero Sport incident. See for yourself. Two things immediately jump out:1. They were having serious difficulty parking the vehicle into the slot they were targeting, so much so that it necessitated a change of drivers; and2. The brake lights were PERFECTLY FINE. How come they stopped functioning all of a sudden when the second driver took the wheel?Another question: How come ABS-CBN didn't show the early part of the video? Just asking.
Complete video of Mitsubishi Montero Sudden Unintended Acceleration incident
Recently, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp. (MMPC) Marketing VP Froilan Dytianquin revealed that they already received 97 complaints of ‘sudden unintended acceleration’ cases, but found no defect on the Montero SUVs they have tested. The company also issued an official statement back in 2011, emphasizing that there was no problem during their testing.
This Wednesday, November 25, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) announced that a team has been created to conduct a thorough investigation on this matter. The result of investigation is set for release in two weeks. Once proven defective, a Mitsubishi Montero recall will be recommended, and public sale of this model will be stopped until the problem is solved.