WASHINGTON — Mitsubishi Motors North America is expanding its Takata airbag recall to 82,784 vehicles nationwide, including the 2004-'06 Mitsubishi Lancer and Lancer Evolution sedans and hatchbacks, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The recall also includes the 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback hatchback.
"The affected vehicles are equipped with a passenger-side frontal airbag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion which, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture," said NHTSA in its recall summary. "In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger's frontal airbag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants, potentially resulting in serious injury or death."
This recall is being expanded from a regional action affecting Gulf Coast states to now include all affected vehicles nationwide, "regardless of garaging or registration history," Mitsubishi told federal safety regulators.
All remaining 2005 Lancer vehicles and some 2006 Lancer vehicles are being added to the recall.
The affected Lancer vehicles were built from August 4, 2003 to August 28, 2006. The Lancer Evolution vehicles were built from February 11, 2004 to September 1, 2006. The Lancer Sportback vehicles were built from August 4, 2003 to January 23, 2004.
Mitsubishi spokesman Alex Fedorak told Edmunds there are no injuries, crashes or fatalities linked to the recall.
Mitsubishi said it intends to update its Vehicle Identification Number or VIN Lookup Tool information on the NHTSA Web site by June 3.
Consumers may also contact the NHTSA hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or check the NHTSA Recalls Spotlight microsite.
U.S. safety regulators last week ordered Japanese supplier Takata to expand the recall of potentially defective air bags to cover nearly 34 million vehicles, making it the largest automotive safety recall in U.S. history.
Edmunds says: Mitsubishi said it will notify its dealers of the expanded recall by June 3. Affected consumers should stay in touch with their dealers for the latest information and to schedule a service appointment.