The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced that it will be recalling over 200,000 Legacy and Outback vehicles for possible corrosion in the brake lines. The vehicles affected in the latest Subaru recall are from the 2005-2009 model years, and according to the Fuji Heavy automaker, they’re still tallying up the total amount of vehicles that will need to go back to their local dealership.
The possibility of corrosion could increase if salt water were to find its way through a small gap in the fuel tank protector. This generally could occur during the winter months, the time when roads are normally salted on a regular basis to keep the traffic going somewhat smoothly.
Over time, if the brake lines corrode, it would make it more difficult to come to a complete stop. Currently, the recall is being limited to vehicles that were originally purchased and/or registered in states that normally salt their roads (20 states and Washington, D.C.). If you’re considering purchasing a pre-owned Subaru vehicle, make sure you find out where the vehicle was purchased, registered, and driven.
Of course, Subaru is planning on repairing the issue for free, after sending out notices to the current owners. If you’re unsure if your vehicle is being affected, you can always contact your local Subaru dealership.
This is the third Subaru recall in recent memory, having recalled over 630,000 vehicles back in January for a possible fire risk, as well as over 47,000 vehicles recently for the possible risk of the vehicle starting itself, thanks to the dealer-installed remote starter being dropped on the ground inadvertently.
News Source: Examiner