2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Recalled Over Fire Risk

Jul 07, 2014 01:51 PM EDT | Matt Mercuro

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Mitsubishi Motors North America has announced that it is recalling its 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and Lancer Ralliart vehicles since the power steering pressure tube may chafe.

The issue could result in leaking fluid and increasing the risk of a fire, according to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"The affected vehicles may have insufficient clearance between the power steering pressure tube and the cross-member brace," said NHTSA regarding the issue. "Due to abrasion and rust, a hole may develop in the power steering tube, allowing the fluid to leak out, resulting in added steering effort, increasing the risk of a crash.

The automaker is "unaware of any injuries and/or accidents related to this issue," according to the NHTSA.

All affected Lancer Evolution vehicles were manufactured from January 31, 2014 through February 21, 2014. Affected Lancer Ralliart vehicles were constructed from February 3, 2014 through February 14, 2014.

Mitsubishi discovered the issue during routine testing.

Approximately 146 vehicles are affected by the recall.

Company dealers are being told to inspect the power steering tube for sufficient clearance.

"Additionally, the leaking fluid increases the risk of a fire in the presence of an ignition source, such as a hot engine or exhaust component," said the NHTSA.

If the vehicle has insufficient clearance, the power steering tube assembly will be taken out and replaced. All repairs will be made free of charge, according to the automaker.

Recall notices have been sent out by the automaker and are on their way to owners.

Owners with more questions can reach Mitsubishi at 1-888-648-7820.

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