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Subaru Recalls Vehicles for Brake Line Corrosion

January 13, 2015

Photo of Subaru Forester courtesy of Subaru.
Photo of Subaru Forester courtesy of Subaru.

Subaru of America is recalling 198,900 Impreza, WRX, STI and Forester vehicles in states that use road salts for snow removal because the vehicles may have brake line corrosion, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports.

Salt water splashing on the brake lines through a gap in the fuel tank protector places the vehicles at risk, despite the attempted remedy of a previous safety recall. That recall’s remedy fell short because the repair instructions to dealers were incomplete, NHTSA said.

The recall affects Impreza vehicles in the 2008-2011 model years, WRX and STI vehicles in the 2008-2014 model years, and Forester vehicles in the 2009-2013 model years. The vehicles are in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.

Subaru dealers will apply an anti-corrosion wax to the four-way joint connector area of the brake line system, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on Jan. 26. 

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  1. 1. Therese [ January 13, 2017 @ 03:21PM ]

    We are eager to know if there has been any recalls on the car , in the world as per the email below:

    My husband & I bought a lovely Subaru Forester XT Premium in white , 6 mths ago , in Brisbane , Australia. I thought to write into you first & will let the car dealer know of course., about a serious issue, with the automatic break assist... yesterday.

    Luckily, There were no cars around , had just drove , out of my driveway & slowly began to drive up the soft slope that slightly veers left , on the above corner ... around 20-30 Klms proceeding so slowly as I had not picked up speed ... my car went into automatic brake!?? That was freaky ... lucky there was no one behind me . The weirdest thing is there was no object in front of me ...
    But , I do drive under the same low lying tree canopy
    Everyday... maybe it sensed that... we tested the same spot again last night & the car begaved??

    However, my husband had an incident with it one day , where the brakes locked automatically , 4 weeks ago, when warning him he was travelling too close , on nearing traffic that had stopped. This was a good experience for him.??

    This means we can no longer ... rely on auto brake assist at the real moment of an accident.

    The car went in for a normal service at Subaru last week . Seems odd this has happened since then.
    he may have accidently altered the computer?
    But then it turns on & off okay by the switch .

    Anyway, We have turned it off until it is checked out by the service centre.


    Therese & Glen N .



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