2003 Mitsubishi Galant

2 Defect Investigations from the NHTSA

NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 2003 Mitsubishi Galant

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 2003 Mitsubishi Galant, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. PASSENGER DOOR FIRE NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE08014

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: March 04, 2008
    • Date Closed: July 01, 2008
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Electrical System
    Electrical System:Wiring
    Electrical System:Wiring:Interior/Under Dash
    Visibility
    Visibility:Glass, Side/Rear
    Visibility:Power Window Devices And Controls

    Summary: Complaints allege that a fire erupted in the front passenger door.in Mitsubishi's response to ODI's March 12, 2008 information request, Mitsubishi asserts that the alleged defect may occur when "large amounts of liquids, more than 100cc (3.4 oz), like a soft drink were spilled directly over the power window switch area, all at once and at one time."Mitsubishi found that "as the liquid dries off, electrolytes and carbonized particles accumulate between the terminals" in the power window switch and "become a conductive material."as a result, "the switch may start to heat up and melt or ignite the plastic components."however, Mitsubishi also asserts that the alleged defect is "very rare" and that "burning damage will not occur unless liquids enter into the" power window switch.ODI upgraded this preliminary evaluation to an engineering analysis, EA08-011, to further evaluate this issue.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #PE08014 »

  2. PASSENGER DOOR FIRE NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA08011

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: July 01, 2008
    • Date Closed: August 21, 2009
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Electrical System
    Electrical System:Fuses And Circuit Breakers
    Electrical System:Wiring:Interior/Under Dash
    Visibility
    Visibility:Power Window Devices And Controls

    Summary: In response to this investigation, Mitsubishi motors North America (mmna) initiated a special program on July 31, 2009, to extend the warranty coverage on model year (MY) 2001-2003 Galant vehicle passenger side window switches to 10 years or 120,000 miles, whichever comes first.notification of this special coverage program to all registered vehicle owners is scheduled to begin in late-September 2009.owners who have experienced a problem with the power window switch (blown fuse, intermittent operation or power window malfunction) or who spilled liquids or beverages onto the front passenger door window switch will be entitled to have the switch replaced and any related repairs performed at no charge.the Agency is aware of 35 alleged front passenger door panel heat, smoke or fire incidents, including three reported minor burns or bruises.there are no reported crashes or fatalities.there are 307 warranty claims of switch malfunctions or short circuits without any reported heat, smoke or fire.mmna inspection and analysis of fire-damaged door panels/switches found evidence of spilled liquids with high sugar content on the power window switches.mmna claims the residue of these liquids led to a shorting/smoke/ fire condition inside the switch/door panel assembly.a safety-related defect has not been identified at this time and further use of Agency resources does not appear to be warranted.accordingly, this investigation is closed.the closing of this investigation does not constitute a finding by NHTSA that a safety-related defect does not exist.the Agency will continue to monitor this issue and reserves the right to take further action if warranted by the circumstances.see document file for additional information.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #EA08011 »

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