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NHTSA 05-98
February 8, 1999 Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550


Mitsubishi Motor Sales, Caribbean

Models: Mitsubishi Eclipse Years: 1990-1991, Mitsubishi 3000GT Year: 1991

Mitsubishi Truck Years: 1986-1991, Mitsubishi Montero Years: 1986-1991

Mitsubishi Starion Year: 1986, Mitsubishi Cordia Years: 1986-1988

Mitsubishi Galant Years: 1986-1991, Mitsubishi Sigma Years: 1988 & 1990

Mitsubishi Mirage Years: 1986-1991

Number Involved: 53,162

Defect: The front passenger seats of these vehicles are equipped with Takata front seat belt buckles that have seat belt release buttons made of ABS plastic material and marked "PRESS." The buttons can break, allowing pieces to fall into the buckle assembly. If pieces fall into the buckle assembly, the buckle may not operate properly and may fail to properly restrain an occupant in the event of a crash.

Remedy: Dealers will repair the front seat belt buckles. Owner notification was to begin during January 1999. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Mitsubishi Caribbean at 1-787-251-8716. [NHTSA Recall No. 98V311]

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.