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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2002 Mitsubishi Lancer steering problems

steering problem

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2002 Mitsubishi Lancer Owner Comments

problem #3

May 242016


  • miles


The contact owned a 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer. While traveling 30 mph, the steering wheel seized and the contact rear ended another vehicle. The air bags did not deploy. A police report was filed. The passenger sustained injuries to the neck and back. Both the contact and passenger required medical attention. The vehicle was destroyed and towed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V458000 (suspension). The failure mileage was unknown.

- Westminster, MA, USA

problem #2

May 292015


  • 120,000 miles
Was driving down the interstate and the steering wheel fell off. After several attempts was able to put it back on but had to press hard to keep it in place my mechanic was able to reattach it but had to disable the air bag and now cost $700 for a new steering column air bag and horn. I see other complaints and would like to know what my options are regarding this is this something being reviewed or a recall. I could have been killed.

- Marshfield, WI, USA

problem #1

Oct 182002


  • miles
Lower control arm on front passenger side of vehicle buckled under resulting in loss of steering control and the vehicle striking a curb at ~55 mph. Dealership refuses to fix under warranty citing there is no proof that hitting the curb did not cause the damage. I was informed by the dealership that there had been a similiar incident the previous week involving another Lancer. On this vehicle the failure was on the front driver side of the vehicle. This failure also resulted in a loss of steering control as well as striking an object with the vehicle.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

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