NHTSA — Communications: Horn Assembly Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
130,196 miles

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2001 Mitsubishi Montero accessories - interior problems

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2001 Mitsubishi Montero Owner Comments

problem #10

Oct 072016


  • 150,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Mitsubishi Montero. The contact stated that the horn sounded independently. The contact stated that the battery had to be disabled to stop the horn from sounding. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- Sacremento, CA, USA

problem #9

Aug 012015

Montero 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 352,478 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Mitsubishi Montero. While driving 65 mph, the horn sounded loudly without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the horn failed and the horn module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 352,478. MA 10/15/2015

- San Mateo , CA, USA

problem #8

Apr 232013

Montero 6-cyl

  • 159,000 miles
The horn randomly sounds off during the night. I've discovered its a temperature thing. When its cold or the interior cools down the horns starts to blow, but when warm everything is fine. So mostly at night this occurs. This should be a recall! as the connection ring inside the airbag is clearly faulty. The only fix is to replace the air bag or pull the fuse to the horn. How is this safe? I just bought this car and found the horn didn't work. There was no fuse! so I replaced it and that's when the problems occurred. Clearly the fuse was missing for this very reason.

- Anthem, AZ, USA

problem #7

Jan 232011

Montero 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles


Woke up to a loud alarm. Neighbors pounding on our door to alert us something was alarming. Cops in the driveway. The noise was 2001 Mitsubishi Montero horn alarm. It wouldn't shut off till the battery was disconnected. An easy fix would be to remove the fuse, but in mass you are required get yearly detailed inspection of your car. Therefore, my truck would definitely fail and I would end up paying the 1,000-1500 for repairs. This is just another surprise problem added to my list. Very disappointed in your Mitsubishi!

- Westfield, MA, USA

problem #6

Dec 172010


  • 164,000 miles
Within the last 30 days whenever the outside temperature drops below 18F degrees the horn will continuously blow. Initially the battery is disconnected to stop the horn from making its noise. Then horn relay is removed to disable the horn completely. The problem has not been fixed. The problem has occurred 5 times. A mechanic has been unable to determine the problem.

- High Point, NC, USA

problem #5

Jan 072011

Montero 4WD 6-cyl

  • 127,501 miles
The horn on my 2001 Mitsubishi Montero limited will not stop blaring ~ had to take it in for costly repairs all the while... blaring down the street to my mechanic.

- Meridian, ID, USA

problem #4

Nov 022009


  • 90,000 miles


The horn button sometimes sticks when used and goes off frequently in the cold of the evening many times in the 4-6am hours. The horn is very loud and wakes the neighbors. This has become such an inconvenience that initially removed the fuse for the horn - this is very unsafe! right after disabling the horn someone almost backed up into me! so I have re-enabled the horn system (put the fuse back). This horn button is also the airbag unit - so it is very expensive to replace. So I have wired a switch in the horn circuit, so that I and my neighbors can sleep at night - I just have to remember to flip the switch back on when I get in the truck.

- La Mesa, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 252008

Montero 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,420 miles
March 25th 2008: Car was parked at golf course and horn began to sound continuously. Had to disconnect battery and the pull fuses to stop horn. Dealer told me that it was a stuck switch in the horn assembly and that the entire steering pad/airbag assembly had to be replaced at an approximate cost of $1175 parts and labor. On searching the internet I find this be a fairly common problem with Monteros prior to 2003. I can't find a recall on this but believe that there should have been one.

- Santa Rosa, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 022008

Montero 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,560 miles
February 02, 2008; as I was driving my vehicle, the horn began to sound consistently without stopping. I had to pull over and open the fuse box in the engine compartment area 7 remove fuse. Mitsubishi dealer on 02/06/2008 told me that the entire steering wheel with air bag has to be replace. Most likely it has a short and the inside area has no replacement parts to fix the horn from non-stop sounding. Cost to replace steering wheel unit with air bag is $1,575 ! there should be a recall or something for just a short in the horn system.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 122003

Montero 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
Horn blew on its own. Consumer had to disconnect the fuse. Consumer also feared that because of the horn blowing on by itself, air bag might go off by itself as the vehicle warms up.

- Moorhead, MN, USA

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