really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,000 miles

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2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse Owner Comments

problem #1

Oct 042010

Eclipse 4-cyl

  • 44,000 miles


My 17 year old son was driving his 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse gl when he ran off the side of the road. He over corrected which resulted in loss of control of the car. The car flipped several times and hit an electric pole before coming to rest. The car then burst into flames. My son and his passengers miraculously were able to get out of the car before the car was reported to have exploded and become completely engulfed in flames. I have since been able to determine that Mitsubishi had a recall on certain models due to concerns with a defective part on the fuel tank. We purchased the car 3 months ago from a dealer and the car has a warranty. When I contacted Mitsubishi to determine if the recall work had be recorded onto his car. I was told the car was not one of the cars with a recall. I am concerned that the car did not have a recall like other 2007 models yet the car burst into flames as a result of the crash. Seecomponent: Fuel system, gasoline:storage:tank assembly potential number of units affected: 45988 summary: Mitsubishi is recalling 45,988 my 2005-2007 endeavor, galant, Eclipse coupe, and my 2007 Eclipse spyder vehicles. The bracket that is the attachment point for the left rear fuel tank mounting strap may have been improperly formed during a metal stamping process. The process may have caused the metal to have a split in the area where the bolt that holds one of the two fuel tank straps to the underside of the vehicle is located. In the event the fuel tank is full and the vehicle is subject to a severe collision, the bracket may break and allow the fuel tank to drop down, possibly causing a fuel leak. Consequence: Fuel leakage in the presence of an ignition source could result in a fire. Remedy: Dealers will inspect to see if the left rear fuel tank strap mounting bracket has splitting beyond a specific limit. Vehicles with moderate to severe splitting will be repaired using a reinforcement cap, a special structural adhesive.

- Lanesville, IN, USA

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