Recall Alert: 660,000 Subaru Wagons, Sedans, Crossovers

2009SubaruOutbackRecall

Vehicles Affected: More than 660,000 model-year 2005-09 Outback wagons and Legacy sedans, 2008-11 Impreza cars, 2008-14 WRX and WRX STI cars, and 2009-13 Forester crossovers 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, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia

The Problem: Saltwater could splash on the brake lines through a gap in the fuel tank protector, resulting in excessive corrosion of the brake lines. Brake line corrosion may result in brake fluid leakage, which could result in longer stopping distances, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will test the brake system by depressing the brake pedal and inspecting for fluid leaks; if none are observed, the affected areas will be rustproofed with anti-corrosion wax. If seepage is observed, the brake lines will be replaced and rustproofed. The automaker will make the repairs for free.

What Owners Should Do: Subaru has not specified a notification schedule. Owners can call Subaru at 800-782-2783, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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Comments 

Chris Hughes

How is this different from last year's (Mar. 2013) recall for the same problem?

I like this bit 'Brake line corrosion may result in brake fluid leakage, which could result in longer stopping distances, increasing the risk of a crash.' if all your brake fluid leaks out you'll have more than longer stopping distances lol you wont stop!

Nancy C.

My 23 year old subie's brake lines are just fine (300k)-just the rear crossmenber is rotted-99% of subaru brake lines are not exposed to the elements-they live at the top of the bulkhead and run under the sill plate before running under the car to the calipers.

Marta Gomez

@Chris Hughes- my understanding from other articles is that the location on the brake lines is different than last years recall(checking different areas of the lines).

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