Subaru is recalling roughly 200,000 Legacy and Outback models because the brake lines could be susceptible to corrosion. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that the recall affects 2005 to 2009 model year vehicles that are “currently, or formerly, 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.”
NHTSA says that a gap in the fuel tank protector could allow salt water to splash onto the brake lines, which creates the risk of excessive corrosion. Kicking Tires writes, “This could cause brake fluid leakage, which could necessitate longer stopping distances and increase the risk of a crash.”
Owners of affected Legacy and Outback models will be notified by Subaru so that dealers can perform an inspection. If no brake fluid is seeping, dealers will rustproof the area in question with an anti-corrosion wax. If seepage is present, Subaru will rustproof the area and replace the brake lines.
Subaru has not announced when the recall will begin yet. Owners of affected vehicles can contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783.
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