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Recall 14V281000

Power Steering Fluid Leaks Out Causing Loss Of Steering Assist

Recall Details

The power steering pressure tube may rub up against the suspension crossmember brace. This abrasion can cause the tube to begin leaking, and can cause loss of steering assistance. Dealers will inspect the steering tube positioning, replacing the power steering tube assembly if insufficient clearance is found free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The power steering system may develop a leak and as a result cause a loss of power steering assistance. This is due to abrasion and rust causing a hole in a tube that carries the power steering fluid. Loss of steering assist would lead to increased steering effort and possibly loss of vehicle control.

What Should You Do?

Recalls on your Mitsubishi must be performed by a Mitsubishi dealership. Mitsubishi began notifying owners of affected vehicles in July, 2014. If you did not receive a notification, but wish to check to see if your vehicle is included, please contact one of your local Mitsubishi dealerships. They will also check for any other uncompleted recalls on your vehicle. For best results, be prepared to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the service department consultant you speak with.

Suspension & Steering, May 27, 2014

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
May 27, 2014
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
146
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
14V281000
Component
STEERING
Summary
Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (Mitsubishi) is recalling certain model year 2014 Lancer Evolution vehicles manufactured January 31, 2014, through February 21, 2014, and 2014 Lancer Ralliart vehicles manufactured February 3, 2014, through February 14, 2014. The affected vehicles may have insufficient clearance between the power steering pressure tube and the crossmember brace.
Consequence
Due to abrasion and rust, a hole may develop in the power steering tube, allowing the fluid to leak out, resulting in added steering effort, increasing the risk of a crash. Additionally, the leaking fluid increases the risk of a fire in the presence of an ignition source such as a hot engine or exhaust component.
Remedy
Mitsubishi will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the power steering tube for sufficient clearance. If the vehicle has insufficient clearance, the power steering tube assembly will be replaced, free of charge. The manufacturer notified owners in July 2014. Owners may contact Mitsubishi customer service at 1-888-648-7820. Mitsubishi's number for this recall is SR-14-004.
Notify
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 www.safercar.gov.
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