Mitsubishi recalls Lancer Evolution to fix leaky fuel tanks

The parking-brake cable can wear away the tank\'s protective coating, allowing rust.

Mitsubishi has recalled the 2014-2015 Lancer Evolution and Lancer Ralliart, citing a problem with potential fuel leaks.

Some sedans were built with a parking brake cable that rubs on the fuel tank, wearing away a protective coating. The issue can allow rust to form, eventually forming a pinhole that allows fuel to drip out.

"A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire," the recall documents warn.

The problem has been traced back to an assembly line changeover for turbocharged Lancer models. Workers mistakenly continued installing parking-brake cables for non-turbo variants, leaving insufficient clearance for the fuel tank.

The company claims to have not received any reported field claims, however a recall was ordered due to the theoretical risk posed by the manufacturing screwup.

Technicians will replace the parking brake cables in approximately 1,500 affected vehicles. Fuel tanks will also be inspected and replaced if the protective coating shows signs of abrasive wear.

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