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Subaru Announces Recall over Brake Issue

On Behalf of | Jan 31, 2015 | Product Liability

The New Jersey product liability attorneys at Breslin and Breslin are reporting that Subaru of America announced a recall earlier this month for brake line issues with many of its automobiles.

“Depending on driving conditions, salt water could splash on the brake lines through a gap in the fuel tank protector, resulting in excessive corrosion of the lines,” according to Subaru.

“Brake fluid may leak due to the brake line corrosion and may result in longer distances being required to slow or stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash,” stated the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in a letter acknowledging the recall.

The Subaru models subject to the recall are as follows:

  • 2009-2013 Subaru Forester
  • 2008-2011 Subaru Impreza, WRX or WRX STI
  • 2012-2014 Subaru Impreza, WRX, or WRX STI

    Most Utah residents who own those vehicles won’t be notified of the recall by Subaru, however. Recall notices were only sent to owners of those vehicle models above that are, or were at any time, registered in “Salt Belt” states, as that term is defined by the NHTSA. Those states are: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin, plus Washington, D.C.

    In the notice Subaru sent to owners in Salt Belt states, the company says “There are several important precautions you should take until this repair has been performed.”

    Those recommended precautions include “immediately” contacting a Subaru retailer if:

  • a vehicle does not appear to be braking as quick as it should,
  • any fluids are observed leaking from the vehicle, or
  • the brake system warning light stays lit without the parking brake engaged.

    Subaru also states in its recall notice that “it is highly recommended that you use extra care while operating the vehicle in confined areas such as parking lots and while parking your vehicle in a garage, car port or other structure.”

    If you or a loved one has been injured by a malfunctioning vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. The experienced product liability attorneys at Breslin and Breslin can assist you in filing a claim and recovering an award for losses such as medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. For a free case evaluation, call Breslin and Breslin at 201-546-5881

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