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

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550


Mitsubishi Motor Sales, Caribbean

Models: Mitsubishi Expo Years: 1992-1993

Mitsubishi Mirage Year: 1993

Number Involved: 6,979

Dates of Manufacture: March 1991 - November 1992

Defect: On certain passenger and sport utility vehicles sold in the Caribbean, excess lubrication causes the rubber door latch switch cover to deform and malfunction. The shoulder belt anchorage would then remain at the A-pillar when the door was closed. In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be properly restrained.

Remedy: Dealers will replace the door latch switch. Owner notification began December 21, 1998. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Mitsubishi Caribbean at 1-787-251-8716. [NHTSA Recall No. 98V316]

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.