2004-2006 Mitsubishi Lancer: Recall Alert

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 66,000 model-year 2004-06 Mitsubishi Lancer and Lancer Evolution sedans and model-year 2004 Lancer Sportback hatchbacks

The Problem: The passenger-side frontal airbag may be susceptible to moisture intrusion, which over time could cause the inflator to rupture. In a crash necessitating airbag deployment, metal fragments could be propelled into the cabin, striking occupants and resulting in serious injury or death.

This latest action is part of the massive ongoing recall of vehicles equipped with airbag inflators manufactured by Japan’s Takata Corp.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the front passenger airbag inflator with a different inflator for free.

What Owners Should Do: Mitsubishi will begin notifying owners Oct. 22. Owners can call the automaker at 888-648-7820, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit to check their vehicle identification number and learn more.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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