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

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550


Mitsubishi Motor Sales, Caribbean

Models: Mitsubishi Mirage Year: 1993

Number Involved: 3,978

Dates of Manufacture: April 1992 - June 1993

Defect: On certain passenger vehicles sold in the Caribbean, the guide rail on the driver's side contains a covered cable and an angled belt guide at the top end of the webbing. This combination can lead, over time, to wear of the cable's chamber sufficient to allow the cable to drop out of the chamber so that the shoulder belt anchorage becomes stuck. In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be properly restrained.

Remedy: Dealers will install a new replacement guide rail. Owner notification began Dec. 28, 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. 98V317]

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.