Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, Mitsubishi is recalling 1,497 2014-15 Lancer Evolution and Lancer Ralliart vehicles. The affected vehicles were manufactured January 31, 2014 to September 5, 2014 (Evolution) and February 2, 2014 to September 5, 2014 (Ralliart).
Per the NHTSA release, the turbocharged vehicles have a terribly placed right side parking brake cable that could come in contact with the fuel tank, which wears away at the fuel tank’s protective coating.
Manufacturer: Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.
Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (Mitsubishi) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Lancer Evolution vehicles manufactured January 31, 2014, to September 5, 2014, and 2014-2015 Lancer Ralliart vehicles manufactured February 3, 2014, to September 5, 2014. The affected turbocharged vehicles have a right parking brake cable that may contact the fuel tank, wearing away the tank’s protective coating.
Without the protective coating, the fuel tank may rust and leak. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire.
Mitsubishi will notify owners, and dealers will replace the right parking brake cable, and inspect the fuel tank, free of charge. If the fuel tank’s exterior coating shows signs of damage from abrasive contact with the right parking brake cable, the fuel tank will also be replaced, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Mitsubishi customer service at 1-888-648-7820. Mitsubishi’s number for this recall is SR-15-009.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov.
Mitsubishi has yet to tell the NHTSA when they’ll begin the recalls, but when they start, affected owners will get a notice in the mail.
My question is how a brake cable is placed so close to the fuel tank that it “wears away” the protective coating of the fuel tank? Just…how?
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