A document delivered to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration by Subaru of America, Inc., announced that they will be starting the year with a broad-based vehicle safety recall. The reason is for a premature corrosion issue in the brake line. The potential number of units affected is 198,900.
Subaru and the NHTSA annouced that the recalled models include the model year 2008 to 2011 Impreza, 2008 to 2014 WRX and STI and 2009 to 2013 Forester crossover SUV. All affected cars are currently or were formerly registered in the snowy states, where salt is applied to the roads. It was duly noted that these vehicles were previously subjected to another safety campaign, which was given the 14V-311 recall number.
Subarus from Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia are subject to brake lines that may experience corrosion due to salt water splashing on the brake lines through a gap in the fuel tank protector.
Due to this issue, Subaru explains
that brake fluid may leak due to the brake line corrosion, resulting in
longer distances being required to slow or stop the vehicle, increasing
the risk of an accident.
Subaru informed dealers to apply an anti-corrosion wax to the four-way joint connector area of the brake line system at no cost to the owners. According to Subaru, the campaign is expected to begin nationwide on January 26th.
If you are unsure if your vehicle is one of the ones subject to the recall, you can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration Vehicle Safety at 1-888-327-4236. You can also do that by using
the recall search tool on safercar.gov. You can always contact the Service Department at Patriot Subaru at 1-866-854-3091 for further information.