WASHINGTON — Mitsubishi Motors North America is recalling 74,836 2006-'09 Mitsubishi Eclipse coupes and 2007-'09 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder convertibles to fix a potential problem with the antilock brakes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"Due to corrosion inside the antilock brake system unit, one or more of the internal valves may seize," said NHTSA in its recall summary. "In a braking event that uses the ABS, a seized valve would increase brake pedal travel and reduce braking ability. A sudden reduction of braking performance may increase the risk of a crash.
The affected Eclipse coupes were built from April 20, 2005 to February 13, 2009. The affected Eclipse Spyder convertibles were built from December 23, 2005 to February 13, 2009.
Mitsubishi spokesman Alex Fedorak said there are no injuries, crashes or fatalities linked to the recall.
Mitsubishi dealers will inspect, flush and clean the ABS hydraulic unit using high-grade brake fluid. If the inspection shows that valves may seize, the ABS unit will be replaced. A date has not been set for the recall. Owners can contact Mitsubishi customer service at 1-888-648-7820.
Edmunds says: This recall is expected to begin within 60 days, according to NHTSA. If you own one of these vehicles and have an immediate concern, it's best to contact your dealer now.