LOS ANGELES - A lawsuit filed on behalf of owners of 1999 Mitsubishi Galants in Camden County, N.J., Superior Court against the automaker claims the sedan's brakes are defective because of premature wear of the front rotors.
The condition results in shuddering every time the driver depresses the brake pedal, the suit alleges.
Although the lawsuit was filed as a class action, the status has not been granted, noted plaintiff counsel Craig Thor Kimmel. The lawsuit was served against Mitsubishi Motor Manufacturing of America Inc. and Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America Inc. in late October.
The automaker sold 74,782 Galants in the U.S. market last year, according to the Automotive News Data Center. Not all would have been 1999 models, however.
Mitsubishi declined to comment on details of the lawsuit. But in a release, the company stated, 'The brake condition at issue is not a safety problem and does not impact the safe operation of the vehicle.'
In court papers, lead plaintiff and Jersey City resident Isam Haddadin alleges that his Galant, purchased in September 1999, has required repeated service regarding the braking problem.
The lawsuit alleges that the dealer has replaced brake parts under warranty provisions only to have the problem return within a few thousand miles, rather than the 50,000-mile lifetime of most brake components.
Haddadin says that his car often vibrates, and the brakes grind during stopping, and he says he has to apply force to the brake pedal for several seconds before the brakes begin taking effect.
'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,' Haddadin said. 'I don't want other people to have to go through the same problems we have.'
Kimmel said the brake problem has been found with 'alarming regularity,' estimating it could affect thousands of vehicles in New Jersey alone.