WASHINGTON — Mitsubishi Motors North America is recalling 459,618 vehicles, including the 2000-'05 Mitsubishi Eclipse coupe because a folded-down passenger sun visor may come off if the passenger airbag deploys, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Other vehicles included in the recall are the 2001-'05 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder convertible, 2001-'05 Chrysler Sebring and 2001-'05 Dodge Stratus. The Sebring and Stratus were built for Chrysler by Mitsubishi.
"If the passenger side sun visor detaches and is propelled rearward, there is an increased risk of occupant injury," said NHTSA in its recall summary.
A chronology of events filed by Mitsubishi with federal safety regulators reports claims of five injuries linked to the recall, including facial injuries and injuries that resulted in reduced vision and blindness.
Mitsubishi dealers, Chrysler dealers and Dodge dealers will install a tether strap to retain the passenger sun visor. A date has not been set for the recall. Owners can contact Mitsubishi customer service at 1-888-648-7820. Chrysler and Dodge owners can contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403.
Edmunds says: Owners of these vehicles should schedule a service appointment with their dealership as soon as they receive a recall notice.