• Mar 11, 2010
Mitsubishi is recalling both the 2004 Endeavor SUV and 2010 Galant sedan over possible corrosion issues that could cause flammable fluids to leak. The safety recall affects approximately 56,113 Endeavors and 2,307 Galants across the United States.

The Endeavors in question are those that were originally sold or currently registered in states where road salt is used to clear away snow and ice in the winter. According to NHTSA, road salt, mixed with other debris, can become trapped between the Endeavor's fuel filler pipe and a reinforcing bracket, which can cause corrosion and potentially a fuel leak. As for the Galant, the automatic transmission oil cooler pipe on some vehicles may have insufficient corrosion-preventing plating. If so, this pipe can develop a hole, meaning transmission fluid can potentially seep out.

The official safety recalls begin in March for the Galant and July for the Endeavor, and dealers will repair the vehicles free of charge. Owners can contact Mitsubishi at 1-800-222-0037 for more information regarding either recall. Click through the jump to read the full details in NHTSA's press releases.

[Source: NHTSA]
Show full PR text
Vehicle Make / Model: MITSUBISHI / ENDEAVOR
Model Year(s): 2004
Manufacturer: MITSUBISHI MOTORS NORTH AMERICA, INC.
Mfr's Report Date: FEB 24, 2010
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V065000
NHTSA Action Number: PE09056
Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE:TANK ASSEMBLY:FILLER PIPE AND CAP
Potential Number of Units Affected: 56113

Summary

MITSUBISHI IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2004 ENDEAVOR VEHICLES ORIGINALLY SOLD IN OR CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN THE STATES OF CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, IOWA, KENTUCKY, MAINE, MARYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, MISSOURI, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, VERMONT, VIRGINIA, WEST VIRGINIA, WISCONSIN, AND WASHINGTON D.C. COLD STATES INCLUDE NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA, NEBRASKA, KANSAS, OKLAHOMA, COLORADO, WYOMING, MONTANA, IDAHO, WASHINGTON, OREGON, AND UTAH. ADJOINING STATES INCLUDE ARKANSAS, TENNESSEE, AND NORTH CAROLINA. IN SEVERE CORROSIVE ENVIRONMENTS WHERE ROAD SALTS ARE FREQUENTLY USED IN WINTER VEHICLES MAY BE EXPOSED TO ROAD DEBRIS (MUD) MIXED WITH ROAD SALT. THIS MATERIAL CAN BECOME TRAPPED BETWEEN A REINFORCING BRACKET AND THE FUEL FILLER PIPE, POTENTIALLY CAUSING CORROSION. OVER TIME, CORROSION COULD CREATE A LEAK IN THE FUEL FILLER PIPE THAT COULD RESULT IN A FUEL LEAKAGE WHEN FUELING THE VEHICLE.

Consequence

FUEL LEAKAGE, IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE, COULD RESULT IN A FIRE.

Remedy

DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FUEL FILLER PIPE WITH A NEW IMPROVED PART FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE JULY 5, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT MITSUBISHI AT 1-800-222-0037.

Notes

OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


---


Vehicle Make / Model: MITSUBISHI / GALANT
Model Year(s): 2010
Manufacturer: MITSUBISHI MOTORS NORTH AMERICA, INC.
Mfr's Report Date: FEB 02, 2010
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V066000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:EXHAUST SYSTEM:MANIFOLD/HEADER/MUFFLER/TAIL PIPE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2307

Summary

MITSUBISHI IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 GALANT VEHICLES. THE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION OIL COOLER PIPE ASSEMBLY ON SOME VEHICLES MAY HAVE INSUFFICIENT PLATING TO PREVENT CORROSION, IF THE PIPE SHOULD DEVELOP A HOLE DUE TO CORROSION, AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID LEAKAGE MAY OCCUR.

Consequence

ATF IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE MAY RESULT IN A POTENTIAL FIRE HAZARD.

Remedy

DEALERS WILL HAVE THE AFT OIL COOLER PIPE ASSEMBLY INSPECTED. IF INSUFFICIENT PLATING IS FOUND DURING INSPECTION, THE DEALER WILL REPLACE THE AFT OIL COOLER PIPE ASSEMBLY WITH NEW PARTS CONTAINING APPROPRIATE ANTI-CORROSION PLATING. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING MARCH 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT MITSUBISHI AT 1-800-222-0037.

Notes

OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 15 Comments
      • 4 Years Ago
      This recall notice might actually improve sales for Mitsubishi... It will remind people that they actually exist.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sad thing was that the Endeavor was actually a pretty good SUV. I remember driving one at launch, and it drove much better than the Pilot or Highlander. Nice husky V6, and much heftier steering and flatter cornering.

      Pity that doesn't sell SUVs, but the lack of a third-row option was also a stupid oversight on Mitsubishi's part--that killed any chance it had on the market.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, it did get good reviews at launch, particularly ranked better then Highlander or Pilot. They thought a third row would be useless and it was more of a competitor for the Murano, which is also successful (and ugly) without a third row. They hoped if you wanted a (tiny) third row, you'd buy a Montero.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What if I want to buy a southern example in a few years, will it leak expensive flammable fluids? Perhaps Transport Canada should be made aware of this potential disaster. They are always looking out for our safety.
      • 4 Years Ago
      c'mon, you can't fix ugliness of a car by recalling it, can you?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The recall party continues! Heyyyy hoooo heyyyy hoooo!


      But I gotta say, my most recent rental was a 2009 Galant and it was a decent car. Certainly needs improvements to get to a Fusion, Malibu, Altima level (I've dropped the Camry off the list altogether). Also, these cars are a steal in terms of price.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The recall party continues! Heyyyy hoooo heyyyy hoooo!


      But I gotta say, my most recent rental was a 2009 Galant and it was a decent car. Certainly needs improvements to get to a Fusion, Malibu, Altima level (I've dropped the Camry off the list altogether). Also, these cars are a steal in terms of price.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I forgot the Endeavor existed...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good Lord... I didn't realize the Endeavor had such an ugly face.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The purpetual Endeavor of ugliness.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What the hell is an Endeavor? I have never seen that in my life... O_o
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is checking for road-salt damage not part of the R&D and testing process?

      Also -- recall it EVERYWHERE. I'm sure people move and take their cars with them, or go visit friends in the snowbelt states and Canada.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It doesn't snow in Canada, at least not this winter. DC and the eastern states got 6 times more snow this winter than Toronto, believe it or not. Friends of mine were all concerned flying down to Florida this winter and getting iced in down there. Flying out of TO was never a concern.

        As far as vehicles and rust I get my winter vehicles Knowned every year. I have a 2003 Tracker LT 2.5L V6 with no rust on it at all.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Tony "It doesn't snow in Canada, at least not this winter."

        Really ? What about the snow on my yard ?? Either way seing as this is a recall on a 04 model, its pretty much guaranteed that its been out on some salty roads.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just how bad was the plating on the 2010 Galant that they already realized that there was something wrong?
      At any rate I guess the recall party will be continuing now that the NHTSA basically has to prove that they actually do stuff, lol. On the bright side at least it sounds like it's forcing all the car companies to fix some pretty serious problems that have managed to go years without recalls.
    • Load More Comments