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Recall 14V421000

Front Passenger Air Bag Defect

Recall Details

When deployed by a crash, the passenger front air bag may come out with too much force, causing the inflator to rupture. This can result in metal debris striking occupants. Dealers will replace the passenger side air bag inflator free of charge to resolve the problem.

Our Quick Take

The front passenger air bag may deploy with too much pressure in a crash. This can cause the inflator to rupture, releasing metal fragments that can injure occupants.

What Should You Do?

Mitsubishi will notify owners of affected vehicles (a timetable for notification is not available as of the time of this writing). You can check with your dealer to see if your vehicle is involved in this program. It is helpful to have your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on hand when you contact them.

Body, Interior & Misc., July 11, 2014

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
July 11, 2014
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
11,985
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
14V421000
Component
Summary
Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) is conducting a limited regional recall for certain model year 2004 and 2005 Lancer vehicles currently registered in Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and equipped with Takata-brand passenger side air bag inflators. Upon deployment of the passenger side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.
Consequence
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger side frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the vehicle occupants.
Remedy
MMNA will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger side air bag inflators free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact MMNA AT 1-888-648-7820.
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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