Mitsubishi, Subaru recalling 600,000 U.S. vehicles

David Shepardson
Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington — Mitsubishi Motors North America said it is issuing two new recalls covering more than 530,000 vehicles in the United States — including 459,000 for air bag issues.

Subaru of America is also issuing a new recall for an advanced safety system covering 72,000 U.S. vehicles.

The recall includes the 2000-05 Mitsubishi Eclipse, 2001-05 Eclipse Spyder, 2001-05 Chrysler Sebring and 2001-05 Dodge Stratus because if the passenger side sun visor is folded down it may come off if the passenger air bag deploys — an event that could cause injuries.

The automaker hasn’t set a schedule for completing repairs. Dealers will install a tether strap to retain the passenger sun visor.

Separately, Mitsubishi is recalling 74,000 2006-09 Eclipse and 2007-09 Eclipse Spyder cars because rust inside the antil-lock brake system may cause one of the internal valves to seize. In a braking event that uses the ABS, a seized valve would increase brake pedal travel and reduce braking ability.

Dealers will inspect, flush and clean the ABS hydraulic unit using high grade brake fluid, free of charge. If the inspection shows that the valves may seize, the ABS unit will be replaced.

Also Thursday, Subaru of America said it is recalling 74,000 2015 Legacy, Impreza, XV Crosstrek and 2016 WRX vehicles with the Eyesight Driver Assist System.

If the switch that activates the brake lights and fails, the automatic pre-collision braking component of the driver assist system will not function.

“If the automatic pre-collision braking system does not function as intended, the vehicle will not react to an obstacle in its path, increasing the risk of a crash,” the automaker said.

Subaru dealers will reprogram the driver assist system.

Subaru told NHTSA that in April as it was developing other vehicles “the possibility of failure was recognized that it will take longer for the multi-information display to inform the driver none of the driver assist system functions can be used.”

Subaru updated production lines with a revised program in mid-April. In late May, it decided the issue was a safety issue that needed to be recalled.