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Mitsubishi Recalls 459,618 Vehicles due to Sun Visor Defect

| Jun 29, 2015 | Automobile Defects

Mitsubishi will be recalling 459,618 vehicles due to a defect with the installation of the passenger sun visor.  The problem is that during a frontal accident resulting in frontal airbag deployment, there is the potential for the passenger sun visor to detach if the sun visor is in the down position.  Depending on the position and angle of the sun visor in the down position, the deploying passenger airbag may remove the sun visor, propelling the sun visor rearward.  In a worst case scenario, the removed sun visor could strike a passenger seated in the front passenger seat, increasing their risk of injury.

The following vehicles will be recalled:

Model Year 2000-2005 Mitsubishi Eclipse vehicles manufactured April 5, 1999, to December 17, 2004

Model Year 2001-2005 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder vehicles manufactured January 19, 2000, to March 18, 2005

Model Year 2001-2005 Chrysler Sebring vehicles manufactured April 17, 2000, to February 21, 2005

Model Year 2001-2005 Dodge Stratus vehicles manufactured April 17, 2000, to February 22, 2005

A tether strap will be added to the passenger sun visor on each vehicle.  For the Eclipse Spyder vehicles, the sun visor holder will be also replaced with a countermeasure one at no charge to the customer.  Owners seeking reimbursement for any expenses associated with this recall will be directed in the notification letter to contact the Mitsubishi Customer Relations Department for instructions on how to apply for a refund.

Mitsubishi will notify their owners, and Chrysler will notify the Chrysler and Dodge owners.  The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.  Owners may contact Mitsubishi customer service at 888-648-7820.  Chrysler and Dodge owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 800-853-1403.  Mitsubishi’s number for this recall is SR-15-005.

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