2022 Mitsubishi Outlander Hood Shaking

Class Action Investigation

By Brian Jones | Updated on

By Brian Jones | Updated on

Lemberg Law is investigating consumer complaints for the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander. Clients have been telling our law firm that the Outlander’s hood shakes, rattles, vibrates or flutters while driving.

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Mitsubishi released a technical service bulletin regarding this issue in March of 2021 and a revised service bulletin in June of 2021. The bulletins states, “A hood flutter may occur on certain 2022 Outlanders. This is caused by improper Hood Latch and Bumper Height Alignment. The Hood Latch and Bumper Height must be adjusted to resolve this condition.” In addition, the two service bulletins, TSB-21-42A-001 and TSB-21-42A-001REV2 include a repair procedure.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has already logged 18 consumer complaints regarding this problem on the Mitsubishi Outlander in the last several months.

Most of the complaints mention this issue happens at higher speeds:

The hood shakes during operation of the vehicle. It seems to be latched but it seems like it is going to open at anytime driving at higher speeds.

Has significant hood movement at speeds over 50 mph.

Hood has a flutter when reaching certain speeds and hitting bumps.

Other owners explain they have received unsuccessful repairs from the dealership:

The contact owns a 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander. The contact stated while driving 50 MPH, she saw that the hood was slightly opening and closing. The contact stated no warning light was illuminated. The contact took the vehicle to the local dealer, where it was diagnosed with needing the hood latch to be adjusted. The vehicle was repaired but continued to experience failure. The contact took the vehicle back for the second time to the local dealer, where it was diagnosed with needing the hood to be filled with epoxy. The vehicle was repaired but continued to experience failure. The contact took the vehicle back for a third time to the local dealer, where it was diagnosed with needing the windshield guard to be added to the hood. The vehicle was repaired but continued to experience failure. The contact took the vehicle back for the fourth time to the local dealer but the vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer had been informed of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 430.

The contact owns a 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander. The contact stated while driving approximately 45 MPH, the hood started to vibrate abnormally. The contact was concerned that the hood would open inadvertently. The vehicle was taken to a local dealer and was diagnosed with needing weather-stripping to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not informed of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 8.

A few of the owners fear this issue could potentially cause the hood latch to fail causing a dangerous situation:

When this vehicle reaches speed over 45 miles per hour. The front hood flutters and shakes as if it’s going to fly open blocking the driver from seeing the road. Also over time the vibration will crack the latch. Making it a deadly dangerous situation.

My 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander hood vibrates during drives. The vibration starts when the car is moving around 35 – 40 mph or more. I confirmed that it was properly closed, but it concerns me because this repetitive movement may loosen the hood locking system during any future drive. This problem may cause a potentially fatal accident.

The front hood is structurally weak, causing flexing, bouncing, and fluttering. When driving over 55 mph, you feel as though the hood is going to open up while driving. It is a very unsettling and unsafe feeling when driving on the highway. You feel as though the hood is going to open up and smash against the windshield. When driving on surface streets where there are bumps in the road, the hood moves a lot. The technical bulletin by Mitsubishi Motors: TSB-21-42A-001 references a hood latch and bumper height adjustment to alleviate the hood fluttering. In reality, the complete hood assembly is unstable. The hood needs to have internal bracing, as well as under hood cross member strength and adhesion, and/or thicker gauge metal for the hood’s strength. I was driving on the freeway from the dealership and noticed this. I went back to the dealership to inquire about returning the vehicle. I was informed of my rights, that they had expired after the contract and financing went through and I drove it off the sales lot. Since I am unable to return this vehicle due to this safety issue, I want to make a formal request for a solution. A flimsy hood does not seem reasonable for insurance obligation purposes. What could possibly happen after a while is metal stress fatigue cracking due to movement. A serious injury could occur if the hood was to break loose. The weather strip seal cushion gasket does not alleviate the flutter. I included photos to show where the flex occurs.

Lemberg Law is dedicated to holding car manufacturers accountable for automotive defects including Mitsubishi. We do that by representing individual consumers in lemon law cases and by representing groups of consumers in class action lawsuits. We would welcome the opportunity to represent you.

If your Mitsubishi Outlander’s hood shaking or vibrating while driving and you are interested in becoming a class action plaintiff, complete our case evaluation form or call us at 844-928-4443.

Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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19 COMMENTS
  • Derek

    Having the same problem with my 2022 SE dealer just says Mitsubishi is looking at a fix. I have waited a year with no help with the hood problem.

  • Michelle W

    I have been dealing with this fluttering hood issue on my 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander since I bought it in November 2021. I took it to the dealership on a Saturday in December 2021 and I happened to be greeted by the salesman that sold me the car. I explained the situation to him and he said that I should not have a problem getting getting the “minor” issue fix and just go to their service desk. I was greeted with “oh sorry we don’t have any one to look at your hood on weekends”. It took until April 2022 to get my hood looked at and the whole ordeal has been a nightmare! I was promised a full hood replacement and here it is October 2022 and I am still waiting! This is unacceptable! When you pay $40,000 for a new vehicle one would expect a certain level of commitment from the manufacturer (and even the dealership) to act with concern and integrity. I have gotten neither and still have no other option than to continue to drive a vehicle that is truly unsafe. I am at the whim of the dealership. Not good! Lemberg Law is already representing me in this matter. I just want other 22 Outlander owners to know that they have options and they do not need to settle for these subpar behaviors from a dealership and the manufacturer.

  • ralph f

    bought my 2022 outlander sel in June 2021 and immediately noticed the hood vibrating while driving on the highway. i pulled over to check if the hood was open, and it was not. i opened the hood and closed it again. when i began to drive again it started to open and close. i have major anxieties about the hood flying open and crashing through the windshield. contacted the dealer and they said it was a known issue.

  • Jerry b

    I bought a 2022 outlander in nov 2021 and guess what my hood looks like it will fly open on the hwy really makes me feel uneasy 2 days after buying the car i took it in and was told they would order parts still have not heard back its now may

  • Stanley

    I bough Mitsubishi Outlander 2022 same problems hood shake when you drive high speed other than that erething good. Get you nerver when you drive what can I do now thanks

  • Dominick T

    I feel the same as others on here the hood is UNSAFE !!! $37,000 + a pile of junk !!!! Who buys a new car to start replacing parts ???? It’s a major SAFETY ISSUE and I was never told about it at purchase!!! What are they waiting for the 1st fatality to occur to address it????

  • Camille R

    I purchased my 2022 Outlander in late Jan 2022. I had the vehicle a few weeks before going on the interstate and noticed the hood issue immediately. Thankfully I don’t drive a lot on interstate but I am traveling in June by intestate for a long distance trip and it makes me a nervous wreck. I have received nothing from Mitsubishi regarding this.

  • Jennifer P

    I bought the 22 outlander in November 2021. Almost right away noticed that anytime driving over 35 mph, the hood shakes up and down and increases with speed. When mentioned to our salesman says it’s a known issue and have to wait until enough people complain.

  • Jesse r

    Yes it’s a problem that right now they don’t want to deal with it..the more people who signup with Lemberg Law…maybe Mitsubishi will listen to this issue…Trust Lemberg Law they are on this..thanks to them we have a voice..

  • Jeffrey

    Have a 2022 Outlander hood shakes anything over 50 miles per hour. Also got a recall stating wiring controlling the fuel pump could malfunction and car could quit in traffic and cause major accident .

  • Carlos D

    Just bought the 2022 Outlander ES few weeks ago and immediately notice the hood bouncing.
    Took it to the dealership and this was obviously a well known issue to them.
    No adjustment made to the hood, they said it needs replacement and it will take about 6 weeks for receiving it.
    Now I’m supposed to drive the car like that for 6 weeks (at least) with the fear of hood popping open?
    They simply won’t tell you about the issue and refuse to take the car back.
    Why would they sell a brand new car like that?

  • O.C. D

    I took delivery of my 2022 Outlander back in mid February 2022. I noticed the hood fluttering when I drove it on the freeway when I went over 50 mph. even after I made sure the hood was fully shut. I called the dealership about my experience and made an appointment the next morning.
    After the dealership service representative checked my vin# and the build date of the vehicle, I was informed that there’s NOTHING THEY CAN DO because my vehicle already has the updated heavier hood based on the build date. So am I out of luck ??

  • Dan Y

    I bought mine in September and noticed same issue and worried about it opening and was told it’s a nine issue and can’t do anything about it and not worry about it .

  • Ashley J

    I just bought a 2022 Outlander last week. Upon driving it home on the interstate, I noticed the hood bouncing. I took it back to the dealership and they said it was a known problem, and a new hood could be ordered but will take 6 months to arrive. I am beyond mad about this. It feels very unsafe and is distracting. Why did they sell me this car with this known problem?

  • Victoria E

    I bought the car 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander in October of 21. Love the car but the hood is a huge issue. I have called the dealership several times big they say it is just a known issue but it is safe to drive. Needless to say we don’t take it very far.

  • Julie

    I bought this car today 2/7/2022.. Noticed the flutter while I was driving home. It’s a huge distraction…

  • Russell W

    Bought a 2022 outlander on jan 26th for my wife and kids noticed hood flutter while driving it home my wife cannot bare to get on highway with it because her anxiety skyrockets with this issue have owned the car 10 days and dealer says they are waiting on a reinforced replacement hood .. i told them i am paying a good chunk of change for this car i want it fixed asap i feel this is a serious safety issue

  • Maribel C

    I purchased 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander and yes when I’m on the highway the hood bounces and shakes and it is very distracting and often times scary because it does look as if it’s going to fly up or off. Secondly , with only 1300 miles on my truck the warning Malfunction and it has a symbol of two cars in a collision. Im not even sure I’ve im protect if I get into an accident and I have a small baby and 10 year that is in my truck at all times

  • Larry S

    I have a brand new 2022 outlander and I noticed thus when going about 45 mph. It is very distracting.

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