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NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor

The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. IGNITION-PARK INTERLOCK SYSTEM NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE08006

    Component(s): Electrical System:Ignition:Switch
    Power Train:Manual Transmission:Floor Shift Assembly

    Summary: The subject vehicle ignition-park interlock and shift lock (brake-shift interlock) systems are mechanically actuated.the systems utilize two cable assemblies that connect to a plastic housing mounted to the shift lever mechanism.within the housing is a lever (interlock lever) that the ignition-park interlock cable connects to.when the interlock lever is positioned in its rearward travel range, the ignition key removal is prevented; when the lever is positioned in its forward position, key removal is allowed.according to Mitsubishi, the ignition key interlock cable may allow the interlock lever to fall forward during vehicle use.in this state the ignition key can be removed from the ignition switch when the gearshift mechanism is not in the park position.if the driver does not shift to park before removing the key and fails to engage the parking brake, the vehicle could roll and a crash could occur.most of the reported crash incidents were minor in nature involving unoccupied vehicles rolling from a parked condition and striking other vehicles or objects.the single injury incident occurred when the operator parked the vehicle, exited, and was subsequently struck by the vehicle as it rolled away.the type and severity of the injuries were not described.in a letter dated March 21, 2008, Mitsubishi advised NHTSA that it will conduct a safety recall to address this condition (see www.safercar.gov, recall action 08V-139 for further details); remedy details and timing are to be determined.accordingly the investigation is closed.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #PE08006 »

  2. GASOLINE LEAKS NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE09056

    Component(s): Fuel System, Gasoline:Storage:Tank Assembly:Filler Pipe And Cap

    Summary: This investigation was opened on December 30, 2009, based on five consumer reports alleging gasoline fuel leaking from the fuel fill pipe.some of the complainants indicated the fuel fill pipe had corroded to the point of being perforated, allowing fuel to leak from the pipe.by letter of February, 24, 2010, and amended March 10, 2010, Mitsubishi motors North America (Mitsubishi) notified the Agency that it will conduct a safety recall of approximately 26,135 subject vehicles.the recalled vehicles were sold or are currently registered in the following "salt belt" states : ct, de, il, in, ia, ky, me, md, MA, mi, mn, mo, nh, NJ, NY, oh, pa, ri, vt, va, wv, wi, and the District of Columbia.Mitsubishi will also include in the recall the following "cold climate" states: Nd, sd, nb, ks, ok, co, wy, mt, id, wa, or, and ut.mitiubishi states that a mixture of mud and road salt can become trapped between a reinforcing bracket and the fill pipe and lead to corrosion of the fill pipe, resulting in leaks during refueling.for subject vehicles not in salt belt or cold states (approximately 28,077), Mitsubishi will extend the warranty of the fuel fill pipe to 10 years or 150,000 miles, whichever comes first.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #PE09056 »

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