DTI: Third-party probe on Montero mess to start February
MANILA, Philippines — A third-party laboratory will begin its investigation into the Mitsubishi Montero Sport's sudden unintended acceleration (SUA) issue in February, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said on Thursday, January 7.
"During our technical working group meeting, we decided that we will be sending at least 5 vehicles to the third-party laboratory….[T]he investigation is set to start in February," Trade Undersecretary Victorio Mario Dimagiba said in a media briefing in Makati City on Thursday.
The DTI ordered an independent, third-party probe in December, after its investigating panel failed to establish conclusive findings on any vehicle defect.
Dimagiba earlier said the DTI is inclined to choose either Bureau Veritas or TUV – both German companies – to conduct the probe. (READ: Mitsubishi PH: Third party must settle Montero Sport issue)
He added that the DTI, not Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC), will shoulder the cost of the investigation.
"Mitsubishi will only shoulder the cost of transporting the sports utility vehicles," Dimagiba said.
"What we will do is pick up a vehicle from different production matches since this model was released in the market from 2010 to 2015," he added.
For its part, MMPC earlier said it welcomed the DTI's decision to get the services of a third party.
MMPC also accepted the DTI’s recommendation to conduct the free inspection and mandatory preventive maintenance of all DTI-identified SUA complainants’ vehicles, and issue a quality reassurance certificate.
"MMPC will remind its current and new customers the proper operation of an automatic vehicle and other safety measures in starting and driving a vehicle," Mitsubishi said in a statement in December. – Rappler.com