NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 1994 Mitsubishi Eclipse

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 1994 Mitsubishi Eclipse, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. INVESTIGATION: TRANSFER CASE LEAKAGE

    NHTSA Defect Investigation #RQ98007

    Component(s): Power Train:Automatic Transmission

    Summary: The transfer case of the all wheel drive (AWD), Mitsubishi galant, allegedly leaks oil causing one or more wheels to lockup; or the inability to transmit engine power to the drive wheels.the vehicles have the same transfer case design as the Eclipse vehicles which have been recalled for the same alleged defect.

  2. INVESTIGATION: TRANSFER CASE LOCKUP

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA98002

    Component(s): Wheels

    Summary:

  3. INVESTIGATION: TRANSFER CASE LOCKUP

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE97040

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: September 04, 1997
    • Date Closed: January 30, 1998
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Wheels

    Summary: Alleged drivetrain failure that can lead to lock-up of the rear or all wheels.

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