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NHTSA 05-98
Tuesday, December 2, 1997 Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550


Mitsubishi Motor Sales, Incorporated


Mitsubishi Mirage Year: 1998

Number Involved: 31
Dates of Manufacture: June - August 1997
NHTSA Recall No.: 97V179
Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles.
Description of Defect: These vehicles may have a poorly manufactured vacuum check valve in the vacuum hose between the intake manifold and the brake vacuum booster. When the brake pedal is depressed, the vacuum brake booster check valve can stick to the valve body.
Consequence of Defect: This condition would result in reduction or loss of vacuum boost, reducing brake efficiency.
Corrective Action: Dealers will replace the brake vacuum hose.
Owner Notification: Owner notification began Nov. 12, 1997.
Note: Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Mitsubishi at 1-800-222-0037.

NHTSA said it is publicizing the recalls to alert consumers about safety problems and encourages them to take action. Under federal law, safety problems must be remedied without cost to consumers. Currently, 70 percent of the owners of vehicles with safety problems have the recall work performed.

NHTSA said manufacturers are required to mail a recall notice to all purchasers, owners and dealers when a safety defect or noncompliance with federal safety standards is found. The agency urges owners to wait until they receive notification from the manufacturer before contacting their dealers to schedule the repair work. Not all vehicles of a particular make and model may be subject to the recall.