NHTSA — Communications: Horn Assembly Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,450 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2003 Mitsubishi Galant Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 092008


  • 45,000 miles


In 2007, horn would just blow on it's own at random times. Even though the battery was only one year old at the time, I replaced it again. Last week, 8/09/08 the horn just started blaring again while driving. It nearly caused an accident due to another car swerving out of the lane next to my vehicle and into my rear driver's side quarter-panel. Since the first instance, there seems to be electrical problems, as the radio and clock always reset, the trip odometer resets to zero, and the interior lights do not work. There are no blown fuses, and no damage to the electrical system. No one or business can seem to find the source of the problem. It will take over $5000 to rewire the car. As a working class citizen, and unemployed veteran, I don't have that kind of money, nor access to it. I have no choice but to drive an unsafe vehicle. I have also had problems with warping on the rotors (twice).

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #3

Aug 222006

Galant 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,800 miles
I purchased a used 2003 Mitsubishi Galant from a large used-car dealership. On the next day, the horn sounded off spontaneously while sitting in the driveway overnight and would not turn off, requiring me to pull the fuse in order to stop the sound. The used car dealership discussed the issue with a Mitsubishi dealer, who advised them to replace the horn and the horn relay. They did so, but the horn once again went off spontaneously while sitting in the driveway just over a week later. The dealerships coordinated their repair efforts once again, but this time they could not replicate the problem. It was determined, however that a poor ground connection on the horn could be the source of the problem. Unfortunately, just one week later, the horn once again went off while in the driveway and continued to blare until I pulled the fuse. The dealership is uncertain what to do to fix the intermittent problem. Clearly, from my experience and the number of complaints I have seen registered with the NHTSA over this issue, the Galant has a significant safety issue with respect to the functioning of its horn assembly. Drivers, passengers and pedestrians are affected by the unsafe nature of this vehicle, and a recall is certainly required.

- Litchfield, NH, USA

problem #2

Sep 222004

Galant 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
A few months ago the radio started staying on even while the key was pulled completely out, then the horn fuse had to be pulled because while sitting in our garage and the car not running, and hadn't been running for 12 hours, the horn started blaring, until my husband could disconnect the battery, then while driving home one evening in the rain, I had the wipers and headlights on the wipers would not shut off, even when put in the off position. They would not shut off until I shut the headlights off. I am scared for my safety as well as others to drive my car, and especially to use the cruise. I fear that if I do use the cruise it will stay on, and I will be involved in a deadly crash. No one seems to know what is the problem. It seems to really act up when the weather is damp or wet. The wipers will come on by themselves in the off position, with or without the headlights. Please help.

- Eskridge, KS, USA

problem #1

Mar 052006

Galant 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
I have a 2003 Mitsubishi Galant ES. It has 69000 miles. As of right now the problem with my car hasn't caused an accident but I am afraid in the future it might. It started with the radio staying on even after the key is pulled, then it went to that if I used the wipers and the headlights at the same time, the wipers wouldn't shut off until I shut the headlights off. We then had to pull the fuse for the horn, because while sitting in the garage, not running, hadn't been running for several hours, the horn started blaring, and wouldn't go off until my husband disconnected the battery. I am scared for my own safety as well as others, to use the cruise. I am scared it will stay on, and I would be involved in a severe crash. Please help, no one seems to know exactly what the problem is.

- Eskridge, KS, USA

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