It looks like this is the recall period as far as automakers are concerned. The latest car manufacturer to call for a recall of their vehicles is Mitsubishi Motors. The Japanese car manufacturer will be recalling about 1,500 Lancer Ralliart and Lancer Evolution that it has sold in 2014 and 2015. The recall of these model years of Lancer cars is due to the possibility of the car catching fire because of fuel leakage.
The fire risk is a very serious issue if not attend to and hence Mitsubishi Motors has decided to carry out the recall of Lancer Ralliart and Evolution cats only. The North American division of Mitsubishi Motors will be recalled as many as 1,497 (2014-15) models of Lance sedans sold in the country. This was revealed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The affected vehicles carry turbocharged engines under their hood. These cars have a right parking brake cable that might come into contact with the fuel tank. This could wear off the protective covering of the tank. If the protective coating comes off, then the tank might rust and cause leakage of fuel. A fuel leak close to the ignition source increases the risk of catching fire that could cause havoc. This is what the NHTSA said in its Mitsubishi Lancer recall summary.
The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution sedans built during the period 31 January 2014 to 5 September 2014 are the ones that will be recalled very soon by Mitsubishi. The company will also be recalled Lancer Ralliart cars that were built from 3 February 2014 to 5 September 2014.
The Mitsubishi Motors dealerships across America will be carrying out the replacement of the right parking brake and also inspecting the fuel tank of the Lancer Ralliart and Evolution sedans. If the exterior coating of the fuel tank of the sedans shows signs of wear and tear and if potential damage is foreseen by the dealers, then they will be replacing the fuel tank.
There have been no reports of car catching fire or any injury or serious accidents due to the fuel leakage problem. If there are abrasive contacts seen on the fuel tank exterior through the contact on the right parking brake cable, then the fuel tank will be replaced by the dealer without any cost. No date for the recall has yet been set by Mitsubishi. The Mitsubishi car owners can contact Mitsubishi customer care for further details.