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Mitsubishi Montero Sport Recalled

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today released a list of auto safety recalls announced in February 2001 and urged consumers to have the problems fixed promptly. The list identifies the make and model of the vehicle or equipment involved, with a brief description of the safety problem. 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, 72 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. Consumers can get up-to-the-minute information on safety recall campaigns, or information on the recall history of a particular make and model of car, truck, motorcycle, or child safety seat, by calling the agency toll-free Auto Safety Hotline at 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236), or by accessing NHTSA on the Internet at http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov.. The Hotline also can be used to report safety problems.

Mitsubishi Motor Sales, America

Models: Mitsubishi Montero Sport Years: 1999-2001

Number Involved: 19,000

Dates of Manufacture: June 1998 - January 2001

Noncompliance: These sport utility vehicles equipped with 3.5-liter engines have brake vacuum hoses that do not comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 106, ABrake Hoses.@ Failure of the vacuum hose can result in a loss of power assist to the brakes and increase stopping distances. Remedy: Dealers will replace the vacuum hose. The manufacturer has not yet provided an owner notification schedule.

[NHTSA Recall No. 01V027]