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Subaru Recalls Roughly 200,000 Vehicles for Brake Line Corrosion

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/8/2015 Kelly Pleskot

Subaru is recalling almost 200,000 vehicles in the U.S. because the brake lines on certain models may rust. The recall is expected to begin later this month.


The Problem: On certain Impreza, WRX, STI, and Forester models, corrosion may occur when salt water splashes on the brake lines through a gap in the fuel tank protector. This corrosion may cause brake fluid to leak, and drivers may have a harder time stopping or slowing their vehicles. Cars in "salt belt" states, where salt is used to clear roads of ice in the winter, are vulnerable to the problem. Subaru recalled about 660,000 vehicles for the same issue several months ago, but the automaker deemed the recall "inadequate" because dealers weren't given proper instructions to repair the vehicles.

The Fix: Subaru will notify owners and will repair the brake line system free of charge at dealerships. An anti-corrosion wax on the four-way joint connecter area of the brake line should fix the problem. The recall is scheduled to begin January 26.

2013 Subaru Forester© Provided by MotorTrend 2013 Subaru Forester

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: The recall involves model-year 2008-2011 Impreza, 2008-2014 WRX and STI, and 2009-2013 Forester models. This comes out to a total of 198,900 vehicles. The recall applies specifically to vehicles currently or previously registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. Vehicles that have never been registered in these states are also eligible for the repair at the owner's request.

Source: NHTSA


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