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NHTSA 80-98
September, 1998 Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Mitsubishi Caribbean

Models: Mitsubishi Navita Years: 1997-1998

Number Involved: 6,609

Dates of Manufacture: June 1996 - May 1998

Defect: On certain sport utility vehicles located in the Caribbean, the front brake lines can develop pin holes due to chaffing against the edge of the pass-through hole in the inner fender. Brake fluid can leak, resulting in deteriorated braking performance and illumination of the brake indicator lamp.

Remedy: Dealers will inspect the front brake lines for signs of wear and proper routing. If the lines are not correctly centered in the pass-through hole, the lines will be repositioned by slightly bending them. If there is evidence of brake line wear, the brake line will be replaced. 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 1-787-251-8715.

[NHTSA Recall No. 98V220.001]

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.