Mitsubishi Motors PH to do Montero Sport simulations

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An official from Mitsubishi Philippines explains the mechanical system of a Montero Sport.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) – Members of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) investigating panel – as well as car owners complaining against Mitsubishi Motors Philippines – witnessed first-hand various tests on a Montero Sport in Mitsubishi’s plant in Laguna on Friday (December 5).

The car manufacturer is conducting the tests to prove there is no defect in the vehicles.

Nearly a hundred drivers and owners of Montero Sport SUVs reported incidents of "sudden unintended acceleration" (SUA) which resulted in property damage, injuries, and even deaths.

DTI is now investigating these complaints.

Related: DTI probes reported defects of Mitsubishi Monteros

Mitsubishi Philippines maintains that human error is the most likely cause of sudden acceleration in the Montero Sport SUVs.

This means the drivers are the ones at fault, accidentally stepping on the gas pedal instead of the brakes.

Mitsubishi officials briefed the DTI panel on the mechanical and electronic systems of the Montero Sport.

After two weeks, the DTI panel will submit its findings.

Trade officials may order a recall or stop the sale of Montero Sport SUVs, if complainants' claims are proven true.