LOS ANGELES -- Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. has issued its second recall of the redesigned Eclipse in a month's time. Both problems involve potential brake failure.
The most recent recall involves 3,760 of the coupes built between March 30 and June 10.
Company spokesman Dan Irvin says a seal inside the master brake cylinder may have been installed improperly. It could cause the driver to use more force to brake, which could lead to increased braking distance, he says.
Irvin says the braking still meets federal standards. "Even in an affected cylinder, the brakes did not lose stopping ability," he says, "but we wanted to call them in to ensure there are no problems."
On May 24, the company recalled about 1,200 of the coupes because of a problem involving the vacuum brake booster, which could cause brake failure. Irvin says the most recent defect is not related to the earlier recall.
He says dealers and consumers have been notified of the recall.
The 2006 Eclipse went on sale May 19, 10 days ahead of its original schedule. The company sold 2,140 of the coupes in June vs. 890 in June 2004. Irvin says about 1,800 of those sales were the 2006 models. He says Mitsubishi had projected 800 sales for the new model in June.
Irvin says because of the popularity of the redesigned Eclipse, the plant in Normal, Ill., began working two hours overtime on July 7. By the end of summer, he says, the plant will be able to produce 25 Eclipse coupes an hour vs. 19 now.
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