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1999 Mitsubishi Galant Owners Suffer Consistent Brake Defects

1 November 2000

1999 Mitsubishi Galant Owners Suffer Consistent Brake Defects; Class Action Suit Filed
                  Papers Served to Mitsubishi Counsel Today

    MARLTON, N.J., Nov. 1 The law firms of Kimmel & Silverman,
P.C.; Sheller, Ludwig & Badey P.C.; and Mehri, Malkin and Ross have filed a
class action suit against Mitsubishi Motor Manufacturing of America, Inc. and
Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America, Inc., alleging brake defects in 1999
Mitsubishi Galant Models. Court papers were served to Mitsubishi's legal
counsel today.
    According to documents filed in the Superior Court of New Jersey Law
Division, Camden County, the 1999 Galant was manufactured with a brake defect,
which results in premature wear of the front brake rotors.  This defect causes
the brakes to grind and requires continuous replacement of the brake pads and
    Jersey City resident Isam Haddadin is the lead plaintiff on behalf of the
class.  In court papers, Haddadin alleges that his 1999 Galant, originally
purchased in September 1999, has been returned to the dealership repeatedly to
remedy the braking problem.  On each occasion, the dealer finds the brake
components to be defective and replaces them under warranty provisions, only
to have the problem return within a few thousand miles.  Mr. Hadaddin's
complaint alleges that the same defects exist in all 1999 Galants, estimating
that the problem affects several thousand Galants in New Jersey, and tens of
thousands nationally.  Haddadin claims that his car often vibrates, the brakes
grind when pushed down, and he has to step on the brake several seconds before
preparing to stop. "This car has caused a great deal of aggravation to me and
my family and I am hoping that by filing this case, Mitsubishi will finally
address our concern," said Haddadin.  "I don't want other people to have to go
through the same problems we have."
    "We have seen the 1999 Galant brake problem with alarming regularity,"
said co-counsel Craig Thor Kimmel of Kimmel and Silverman, P.C.,  "The cases
share a nearly identical fact pattern of brake rotor repairs being performed
every 3,000-5,000 miles.  Rotors will normally last 50,000 miles or more.
When they reach the point of needing replacement, the ability to stop the car
is diminished."
    Owners and lessees of 1999 Mitsubishi Galants models who would like more
information on this class action can log onto or contact
Craig Thor Kimmel at 1-800-Lemon-Law (800-536-6652) or via e-mail at  Since 1991, Kimmel & Silverman, P.C. ( has
grown to become the nation's largest lemon law firm, handling approximately
one in four cases filed across the nation.  To date, Kimmel & Silverman has
represented more than 12,000 individual consumer claims, exclusive of class
actions, in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, making the firm the largest practice
of its sort in the United States.  Each of the nine attorneys employed at the
firm share the partners' drive and determination to achieve the best results
for their clients and expand the rights of consumers.