In a report posted to the National Traffic Safety Administration website, Subaru has announced that they are recalling 660,000 vehicles in the US because the brake lines may corrode.
Vehicles affected by the recall include Legacy and Outback models from 2005-2009, Imprezas from 2008-2011, Impreza WRX/STI’s from 2008-2014 and Foresters from 2009-2013.
The vehicles are only being recalled if they were registered in one of 20 US states that use road salt heavily during the winter. These states include Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Wisconsin and West Virginia, or the District of Columbia.
According to Subaru, brake lines could perforate after seven or more driving seasons. This is due to a gap in the shielding that surrounds the fuel tank that could allow salt water to reach the brake lines.
A number of consumer advocate organizations, such as the Center for Auto Safety, often do not approve of these recalls related to the drivers location, saying that they really only save the car makers money and could exclude vehicles that move around the country.
Despite this, the safety agency and the car makers approve of the recalls, saying that they are practical and that consumers are not harmed by them.
According to Michael McHale, a spokesman for Subaru, car owners that did not register their vehicle in one of the 20 states can take their vehicle to a dealership, and if necessary can get a free repair. Not only that, but owners who already paid for the repair may be eligible for reimbursement.
The repair will include replacing corroded brake lines, as well as protecting them with an anti-corrosion wax.