Alleged Montero sudden unintended acceleration incident reported in Iloilo

ILOILO City, Philippines - A family driver in Iloilo City has reported another case of sudden unintended acceleration (SUA) in Mitsubishi Montero Sport on Monday, December 7 inside a house in Monte Rosa Subdivision in Mandurriao, Iloilo.

Alleged Montero sudden unintended acceleration incident in Iloilo
Photo Credit: Elurose Naorbe via CNN Philippines
According to Gregorio Deloeste, he experienced SUA while he was about to park the 2012 automatic transmission Montero Sport in the garage of the family home. Although Deloeste shifted the gear stick to neutral and applied the handbreak, the vehicle still mysteriously accelerated plowing through the living and dining area of the house.

“Bigla na lang nag-rebolusyon nang malakas, 'di na siya makontrol. Inapakan ko ang preno,” Deloeste told GMA News.

(It suddenly drove off at high speed, which I couldn’t control. I stepped on the breaks.)

The SUA incident caused damage to the house destroying several appliances and furniture. Part of the house’s ceiling also collapsed. Luckily, no one was harmed by the incident.

Prior to the incident, Deloeste claimed that the vehicle was subjected to a computer test and proved to be in good condition.

Following the SUA case, Allan Palacios, the Mitsubishi Montero Sport car dealer in Iloilo City, immediately inspected the crash site.

After conducting an investigation on Thursday, December 10, Mitsubushi Motors Corporate Communications Senior Manager Arlan Antonio Reyes said that they have not found anything wrong with the vehicle.

“Kung tama ang pagmamaneho ninyo hindi kayo ma aaksidente,” Reyes added.

(If you drive right, you will not get into a car accident.)

Despite several reported incidents of SUA, an official statement from Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp. (MMPC) claims that Montero Sport is neither defective nor unsafe to use. Stating that MMPC has conducted extensive investigation and testing of units with SUA complaints, the company says that no defect of malfunction had been observed linked to SUA.

“MMC and MMPC have concluded that the performance and behavior of the Montero Sport is completely dependent on driver action and reaction, and that the vehicle will only move upon driver intervention.”

Montero Sport owners with similar concerns may visit any Mitsubishi service center for free check up or contact Mitsubishi Customer Care Center at (+632) 250-8888 from Monday to Friday.

- Mini, The Summit Express

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