SR-16-002 - Front Passenger Air Bag Inflator - 2006-2007 Mitsubishi Lancer & Lancer Evolution

NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V334
Component(s): AIR BAGS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 38,628

Manufacturer: Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.

 

SUMMARY:

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) is recalling certain model year 2006-2007 Lancer and Lancer Evolution vehicles manufactured June 29, 2005, to June 19, 2007, equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules, and used as original equipment or replacement equipment.

In the event of a crash necessitating air bag deployment, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.

 

CONSEQUENCE:

An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death.

 

REMEDY:

MMNA will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator, free of charge.

The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact MMNA customer service at 1-888-648-7820.

MMNA's number for this recall is SR-16-002.

 

NOTES:

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

 

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SUBJECT:

LANCER PASSENGER SIDE FRONTAL AIR BAG INFLATOR - SAFETY RECALL CAMPAIGN

No: SR-16-002
DATE: July, 2016
MODEL: 2006-07 Lancer

 

PURPOSE

This campaign bulletin instructs dealers to replace the passenger side frontal air bag inflator with a dessicated one, and return the subject air bag inflator per the instructions at the end of this bulletin.

 

BACKGROUND

Based upon a Defect Information Report submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration by TK Holdings (Takata), MMNA is recalling certain 2006-2007 Lancer vehicles.

Affected vehicles are equipped with a specific type of passenger side frontal air bag inflator provided by Takata that could be susceptible to rupture, due to excessive internal pressure, during a normal air bag deployment event. This condition is more likely to occur if the vehicle has been exposed to high levels of absolute humidity for an extended period of time.

 

AFFECTED VEHICLES

2006 - 2007 Lancer

Important

 

CUSTOMER NOTIFICATION

A letter will be sent to all owners of affected vehicles telling them to visit their local Authorized Mitsubishi Motors dealer to have the passenger side frontal air bag inflator replaced. A sample customer notification letter appears at the end of this bulletin.

 

REQUIRED OPERATIONS

Before starting this campaign procedure, CHECK THE WARRANTY SUPERSCREEN to verify if the vehicle is an affected VIN for this campaign and that this campaign procedure has not already been completed.

 

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT

  • VCI (Vehicle Communication Interface) or VCI Lite - MB991824 or MB992744.
  • MEDIC Laptop/Tablet with A/C power adapter - 520924, or 547708.
  • MUT-III main harness 'B' (red or black connector at the DLC end) - MB991911 or MB992746.
  • USB 2.0 cable - MB991827 or MB992747.
  • Scissors

 

REMOVAL PROCEDURE

Caution! Before starting work, and periodically while working on the vehicle, touch a metallic part of the vehicle to discharge static electricity.

Warning! Never attempt to disassemble or repair the air bag modules or clock spring. If faulty, replace it.

Warning! Do not drop the air bag modules or clock spring or allow contact with water, grease or oil. Replace it if a dent, crack, deformation or rust is detected.

Warning! The air bag modules should be stored on a flat surface and facing upward. Do not place anything on top of it.

Warning! Do not expose the air bag modules to temperatures over 93o C (200o F).

Battery
  1. Record the radio station presets. Disconnect the negative (-) battery terminal and insulate the terminal with electrical tape.

Warning! Wait at least 60 seconds after disconnecting the battery cable before doing any further work to prevent accidental air bag deployment.

Warning! Battery posts, terminals, and related accessories contain lead and lead compounds. WASH HANDS AFTER HANDLING.

 

A-pillar trims
  1. Remove the front left and right A-pillar trims.
  1. Remove the instrument panel.
instrument panel
wire harness clips NOTE: Make sure the left and right wire harness clips, behind the radio, are disconnected prior to dash removal.
ECM/PCM NOTE: Unbolt the ECM/PCM prior to dash removal.
Clips
Clips
  1. Remove the distribution duct from the instrument panel.
distribution duct

Caution! Do NOT damage the air bag or the instrument panel during air bag module removal.

 

INFLATOR REMOVAL

ELIMINATE STATIC ELECTRICITY CAUTION: ELIMINATE STATIC ELECTRICITY
Before starting work, and periodically while working on the vehicle, touch a metallic part of the vehicle to discharge static electricity.
passenger side air bag module
  1. The front passenger side air bag module is secured to the instrument panel in a flexible plastic enclosure. Insert a flat head screwdriver and disengage the mounting hooks to dislodge the module from the enclosure.
air bag module
  1. Place the air bag module on a clean work bench covered with a new, clean, static-free cloth/sheet with the air bag facing down.

Caution! The air bag module, and especially the air bag component, must be protected from adhesive, dirt, dust and sharp items.
The protective foam on the air bag module may be brittle. Ensure foam debris is immediately removed from the work area to maintain a contaminant-free work environment.

Air bag Inflator Kit Part No.: 7030A844 Air bag Inflator Kit Part No.: 7030A844

  1. Return shipping label and instructions for old inflator
  2. Wire harness
  3. Replacement inflator
  4. Electro tap and replacement nuts

 

Confirm that the following contents are included in the Air bag Inflator Kit
  1. Confirm that the following contents are included in the Air bag Inflator Kit:
    1. (1) Replacement dessicated inflator with white tape
    2. (4) Replacement Nuts
    3. (1) Electro tap
    4. (1) Replacement Wiring Harness
    5. (1) Caution Label
replacement wiring harness NOTE: The replacement wiring harness' connector is different from the original connector. However, the two are compatible. The replacement wiring harness has the same function and performance as the original.
corrugated tube
  1. Unhook the corrugated tube from the Stopper Plate.

 

open the clip
  1. Insert the tip of a flat head screwdriver and open the clip.

CAUTION: Do NOT damage the harness or air bag with the screwdriver.

Open the clip and remove the harness
  1. Open the clip and remove the harness.
remove wiring clip
  1. Use a pliers to remove wiring clip from the bracket.

NOTE: Since the wiring will not be reused, the clip is not required to be undamaged during removal.

Remove the harness tape WARNING:
Strictly follow all instructions to avoid accidental air bag deployment.

  1. Remove the harness tape as illustrated.

CAUTION:
Use only scissors to cut the tape. Do NOT damage the wire.

 

cut approximately 4 inches (100 mm) WARNING:
Strictly follow all instructions to avoid accidental air bag deployment.

  1. Use an appropriately-sized scissor to cut approximately 4 inches (100 mm) of the corrugated tube from one end as illustrated.

CAUTION:
Only use scissors to cut the corrugated tube.

  1. Take the yellow wires out of the corrugated tube. Do not damage the yellow wires during this process.
Electro tap
  1. Using a nipper or pliers, cut the tab off of the Electro tap as illustrated.
Lock the wire in the Electro tap
  1. Place one yellow wire in the Electro tap.
  2. Hold the wire by folding the Electro tap.
  3. Lock the wire in the Electro tap with a pliers.
Lock the other yellow wire
  1. Lock the other yellow wire using the same procedures.
yellow wires are locked
  1. Confirm that both yellow wires are locked.
Cut the yellow wires
  1. Cut the yellow wires on the side opposite of the inflator, as illustrated.

WARNING:
Do not cut the side closest to the inflator.
Do not cut the red and black wire.

yellow wires have been shorted and cut
  1. Confirm that the yellow wires have been shorted and cut.
nuts
  1. Loosen, remove, and dispose the (2) nuts as illustrated.

CAUTION:
Do NOT remove any other nuts at this time, to avoid risk of dropping the air bag.
Do NOT reuse the removed nuts.

Stopper Plate
  1. Remove the Stopper Plate.

NOTE: The Stopper Plate will be reused. Do not dispose.

nuts
  1. Loosen, but do not remove, the (2) nuts as illustrated.

CAUTION:
Do NOT remove these nuts to avoid dropping the air bag during this process.

yellow wires
  1. Gently pull on and straighten the yellow wires so that it is in line with the inflator. This will prevent the wire from contacting the edges of the inflator housing during removal.
  2. Continue pulling on the harness while gently pushing the inflator with your finger in the illustrated direction until the inflator is completely separated from the housing.
inflator
  1. Package the removed inflator in the Repair Kit box, for returning to Takata.

CAUTION:
Do NOT disconnect any wires from the removed inflator.

NOTE: Stopper Plate will be reused.
Dispose the nuts that have been removed.

 

INFLATOR INSTALLATION

Verify that you have all of the following parts
  1. Verify that you have all of the following parts:
    1. (1) Replacement dessicated inflator with white tape
    2. (4) Replacement Nut M5
    3. (1) Replacement Wiring Harness
    4. (1) Removed Stopper Plate
    5. (1) Caution Label

NOTE: In order to install a desiccated inflator, markings must be made on the center of the air bag module.
Follow the procedures to mark and align the inflator.

measure the center of the Housing Side Plate
  1. Before starting, prepare a permanent marker with diameter less than 0.1 In. (2 mm).
    1. As shown in the photo, measure the center of the Housing Side Plate and make a mark on it.
    2. Also make a mark on the harness bracket, as illustrated.
    3. Connect the two marks by drawing a Center Line between them.

 

white identification tape
  1. Confirm that the inflator has the white identification tape.
  2. Insert inflator into the housing, with the “D” shape side facing in.

NOTE: The marking on the replacement inflator may be faint or slightly rubbed off during shipping and handling.

CAUTION:
Do NOT peel off the dust-proof film at this time.

two markings are aligned
  1. Rotate the inflator until the two markings are aligned.
  2. Push the inflator in until it contacts the Housing Side Plate.
no gaps
  1. Ensure that there are no gaps between the inflator and the Housing Side Plate, and that the inflator is fully seated.
  2. Install, and if necessary, adjust the Stopper Plate, and confirm there are no gaps between the inflator and the Housing Side Plate, and there no gapsbetween the inflator and the Stopper Plate.

 

foam pad
  1. If the foam pad interferes with the installation of the Stopper Plate, a small portion of the foam pad may be removed as illustrated.
  2. Confirm that the “D” shape side of the inflator is on the same side as the Housing Side Plate.
Center Line
  1. Confirm that the Center Line and marking are still aligned. If they are not, rotate the inflator until they are aligned.

NOTE: Inflator may appear to be misaligned, as illustrated in the left photographs; however, this is acceptable as long as the Center Line and markings are aligned.
After temporary fitting of the Stopper Plate in next step, make sure that the “D” shape side of the inflator is not interfering with the Housing Side Plate.

nuts
  1. Attach the Stopper Plate using the (2) new nuts. Do not tighten the nuts yet.

CAUTION:
Old nuts must NOT be reused.
Use new, replacement nuts supplied in the repair kit.

nuts
  1. Remove and discard the (2) nuts that were loosened but not removed during the Inflator Removal process.
  2. Loosely install (2) new nuts from the repair kit.
nuts (silver finish)
  1. Tighten all (4) nuts in the specified order, and torque down to the specified torque.

Specified Torque:
The nuts (silver finish) are properly torqued to 34.5 + 3.5 in-lb (3.9 + 0.4 Nm).

dust-proof film
  1. Peel off the dust-proof film at the inflator head.

CAUTION:
Do NOT touch the electrical contact after the film has been removed.

“T” shape
  1. Orient the air bag module and harness position as illustrated.
  2. Connect the yellow and blue wire harness to the “D” shape side of the inflator head
    1. Match the “T” shapes on the connector and inflator head.
    2. Confirm position of coupler and wiring as shown on left photo.

NOTE: Use the new wire harness in the repair kit.

connector
  1. Push the connector into position, until the space between the connector and inflator is less than 1mm.
  2. Lightly pull on the connector and confirm that it is locked into position.
harness
  1. Position the harness as illustrated.
  2. Insert the harness clip into the Housing Side Plate.
Stopper Plate
  1. Peel the dust-proof film, on the Stopper Plate side, off.

CAUTION:
Do NOT touch electrical contact after the film has been removed.

“T” shape
  1. Connect the red and white wire to the inflator's Stopper Plate side.
    1. Align the “T” shape on the connector and inflator.
connector
  1. Confirm connector and harness position is as illustrated.

NOTE: If coupling orientation is incorrect, the connector will not securely lock into position. Reorient the coupling and try again.

connector
  1. Push the connector into position until the space between connector and inflator is less than 1mm.
  2. Lightly pull on the connector and confirm that it is locked into position.

NOTE: If the coupling orientation is incorrect, the connector will not securely lock into position. Reorient the coupling and try again.

  1. Set the end of the corrugated tube onto the Stopper Plate.
Caution Label
  1. Wipe original Caution Label with dry, clean rag or cloth.

CAUTION:
Do not use any detergents or chemicals.

  1. Paste the new Caution Label directly on top of the original Caution Label
  2. Wipe and press with a dry, clean rag or cloth.
Final verification
  1. Final verification:
    1. Have you assembled the inflator with white tape?
    2. Are there no gaps between inflator and Housing Side Plate?
    3. Are there no gaps between inflator and Stopper Plate?
    4. Is the inflator positioned correctly? Check the Center Line and marking.
    5. Are all nuts tightened to specified torque?
    6. Are harness connectors securely locked?
    7. Is the harness assembled as illustrated?
    8. Are there no scratches or dirt on the air bag?
    9. Is the new Caution Label attached?

 

REINSTALLATION PROCEDURE

  1. Reinstall the passenger air bag module to the instrument panel.
  2. Reinstall the distribution duct to the instrument panel.

NOTE: Reinstall the center bolts first to align the distribution duct.

  1. Reinstall the instrument panel.
  2. Remove the electrical tape and reconnect the negative (-) battery terminal. Tighten the clamp nut securely.
  3. Turn the ignition switch to the “ON” position. If the “SRS” warning light illuminates continuously (does not extinguish after seven seconds), troubleshoot per the applicable service manual, Group 52B - Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) > SRS Air Bag Diagnosis > SRS Warning Light Check.
  4. Input radio station presets and set the clock, if applicable.

 

ERASE AND READ DTCs FROM ALL ECUs

  1. Connect the equipment as follows:
  • Turn the laptop computer/tablet on.
  • Connect the USB cable to the VCI/VCI Lite.
  • When the laptop displays the MUT-III main screen, connect the USB cable to the laptop.
  • Connect the MUT-III main harness 'B' with the red or black DLC connector to the VCI/VCI Lite.
  • Connect the red or black connector of the MUT-III main harness 'B' to the vehicle's data link connector.

NOTE: VCI and laptop shown for illustration purposes only.

VCI and laptop

  1. Turn the ignition switch to the “ON” position.

NOTE: Ensure all accessories are off (e.g. lights, heating and AC system, audio/navi unit, etc…).

  1. From the MEDIC main page:
    1. Click on MUT-III.
    2. Select “Special Function.”
    3. Select “All DTCs.”
    4. Select “Erase and read all DTCs.” DTC 21 and 24 should appear. If any DTCs other than 21 or 24 appear, troubleshoot per the applicable service manual.

 

PARTS INFORMATION

Use only the Genuine Mitsubishi Parts listed below.

Description Part Number Quantity
Kit, Air Bag Inflator 7030A844 1

Immediately return the removed air bag inflator module to Takata utilizing the documents provided with the new part (sample attached below).

NOTE: The CCN# may be left blank.

There will not be a system generated material return request. Regardless, the campaign claim is subject to chargeback if the replaced air bag inflator is not immediately returned to Takata. Please make sure you keep a copy of proof of shipment with the repair order.

As the shipper, you are responsible for proper packing and document completion. The person packaging the inflator must have received hazardous material training per 49 CFR 172.702, and the training records must be on file at your dealership. The US Department of Transportation will impose substantial fines and/or penalties on the shipper if either packaging, labeling or documentation is not properly prepared and Customer Copy of OP 900PRP form is not kept on file for a minimum of 2 years.

Do not deploy any inflator. Return the used inflator within 1-2 business days. The person packing the used inflator must read and follow the provided instructions.

NOTE: Dealers in Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands CANNOT follow these shipping instructions. The dealer MUST contact the following Takata USA representative directly for shipping instructions: Miguel Prigadaa - Tel #: 210-250-5078
or Email: [email protected]

shipping instructions shipping instructions

DO NOT SHIP REPLACED INFLATORS TO MMNA. SHIP ONLY TO TAKATA.

 

WARRANTY INFORMATION

There is only one repair scenario for this campaign.

# Repair Procedure Campaign
Operation
Labor Time
Allowance
Part Number
1 Replace air bag inflator kit C1603A01 1.7 hours 7030A844

 

WARRANTY / RECALL CAMPAIGN CLAIM INFORMATION

Enter all claims as claim type 'C' - Recall/Campaign Claims

Please follow the campaign instructions when entering each claim in order to select the applicable operation codes that correctly match up with the work that was actually performed. A claim example is provided below.

 

Required Operation to be performed by model year Labor Operation Labor Time

  1. 2006-2007 MY Lancer - Replace Air Bag Inflator Kit C1603A01 1.7 hrs.

Claim Header Section: Air Bag Inflator Replacement

C1603A01

After entering the required customer data, vehicle information and applicable campaign operation number, hitting the “Save and Continue” button will automatically fill-in several fields. Please note that there is only 1 possible repair scenario for this campaign.

customer data

Recall Campaign Claim Example:

Follow these instructions for claim for performing the replacement of the air bag inflator.

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PARTS:

There is only one repair scenario and it requires the replacement of the air bag inflator.

Scenario #1 - 2006-07MY Lancer vehicles - replace the air bag inflator kit. Part# 7030A844

PARTS

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The full service campaign labor operation number C1603A01 and the allowed labor time of 1.7 hours will be automatically entered as a result of the 'Repair Performed' scenario selected from the “Vehicle” page.

C1603A01

RENTAL CARS:

If there is a need to provide the owner with a rental car, claim the applicable charges in this section of the claim on the lower portion of the labor entry screen.

RENTAL CARS

PARTS RETURN:

Follow the instructions in this TSB in regards to returning replaced air bag inflators. DO NOT return the replaced parts to MMNA. Failure to return a replaced inflator to Takata may result in a chargeback of the campaign claim.

 

SR-16-002

 

 

 

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