Montero sudden unintended acceleration: Is Mitsubishi 'haunted'?

A netizen thinks that the sudden unintended acceleration (SUA) occurs in some Montero Sport vehicles for this reason: Mitsubishi is "haunted."

A panel created by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) started conducting its investigation on the SUA complaints against the Mitsubishi Montero on Wednesday, December 2. ABS-CBN newscaster Alvin Elchico tweeted updates on what were discussed.

During the hearing, a Mitsubishi representative said the probable cause of 97 SUA complaints is human error and none had been caused by any vehicle defect.

Mitsubishi explained that known causes of SUAs are pedal entrapment, pedal misapplication, mechanical/electronic failure, and sticky accelerator pedal. To address these, the company placed proactive countermeasures such as safer mats, brake override system, shift lock system, etc.

DTI "expert witness" engineer Roldan Araga told the panel that frequent carwashing in the Philippines may have an effect on the Monteros. He was heavily criticized on social media for the statement.

Mitsubishi manufactures vehicles in Sta. Rosa but Monteros come from Thailand. In January this year, it was disclosed that their assembly plant in Laguna mainly produces the L-300 and Mitsubishi Adventure.

The DTI urged potential buyers not to purchase a Montero while the probe is ongoing as the issue may result to a recall.

Meanwhile, when motoring magazine Top Gear Philippines posted a link to its post containing Elchico's tweets, a reader commented:

"Guys, its PNOY's fault, for he chooses to attend mitsubishi's launch/event instead of attending the funeral of the SAF44, so mitsubishi is now haunted!"

On January 29, President Benigno Aquino III attended the inauguration of Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation's assembly plant in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, instead of showing up at Villamor Airbase for the arrival honors for 42 PNP Special Action Force (SAF) commandos who were slain during the Mamasapano encounter.

PNoy was bombarded with negative comments as the hashtag #NasaanAngPangulo became a worldwide trending topic on Twitter at the time.

The netizen who blamed Aquino for the occurence of the Montero's sudden unintended acceleration said he was just joking.