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NHTSA 80-98
September, 1998 Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America, Inc.

Models: Mitsubishi Montero Years: 1994-1998

Number Involved: 36,000

Defect: The accessory cargo mats in the third-seat and cargo area interferes with the latching integrity of the folding third seats. In the event of a crash, an occupant of the third seat may be at risk of ejection or enhanced injury.

Remedy: Dealers will inspect the third-seat latch and striker. A rectangle will be removed from the cargo mat around each striker to provide adequate striker clearance and proper latching. Owner notification is expected to begin during the fall of 1998. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Mitsubishi at 1-800-222-0037.

[NHTSA Recall No.98V205]

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.