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February 16, 2001

Mitsubishi Expands Safety Recall - Chrysler, Dodge and Eagle Models Also Affected

Detroit, MI (SafetyAlerts) - Mitsubishi Motor Sales of
America, Inc. has announced it will expand a previous voluntary safety recall campaign to inspect for premature wear of lower lateral arm ball joints.

The recall affects approximately 567,000 Mitsubishi Motors vehicles, including the 1994 to 1998 model year Galant; the 1995 to 1999 model year Eclipse; and the 1996 to 1999 model year Eclipse Spyder.

This voluntary safety recall is being conducted in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It is a followup to a previous recall announced in 1999, after Mitsubishi Motors learned that rubber boots covering the ball joints may have been cut or damaged -- which could allow moisture to enter the ball joint, causing premature wear.

The initial recall focused on torn or damaged boots, but some ball joints that passed inspection later were found to still be vulnerable to moisture.

Since then, Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America has worked closely with NHTSA to assess the problem and determine the appropriate remedy. In North America, MMSA has systems in place under NHTSA guidelines to track customer and dealer complaints regarding safety issues, and take appropriate action.

Owners of the recalled vehicles will be contacted beginning in April, and asked to bring their vehicles in for inspection and repair at no cost.

The remedy will include inspection of the lower lateral arm ball joint to determine whether there is premature wear. In cases of premature wear, the ball joint will be replaced. Those that do not show such wear will be cleaned and sealed to prevent potential intrusion of moisture.

Older vehicles with high mileage are more likely to experience premature ball joint wear. In extreme circumstances, the ball joint could separate and lead to loss of steering control. Mitsubishi Motors is not aware of any fatalities or major injuries caused by the issues raised in this recall.

Owners of all affected vehicles, including those that were inspected in the earlier recall, will be notified beginning in April about when to bring their cars in for inspection. Customers who have questions or concerns prior to receiving notification may contact their local Mitsubishi dealer or call Mitsubishi Motors' customer service line at 1-888-MITSU-2001.

The recall also affects approximately 394,000 Chrysler, Dodge and Eagle vehicles assembled by Mitsubishi Motor Manufacturing of America, including the 1995 to 1999 model year Chrysler Sebring; the 1995 to 1999 model year Dodge Avenger; and the 1995 to 1999 model year Eagle Talon. For questions related to Chrysler Group products, customers may call Chrysler's customer service line at 1-800-992-1997.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafetyAlerts subscribers February 16, 2001.  For more information regarding the SafetyAlerts free email alert service please click here.

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when the next update is due.

Did you know?
During 2001 there were over
1575 products recalled in the United
States for safety reasons!

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