Last year, Subaru recalled more than a half-million of its vehicles due to brake line corrosion. The automaker determined road salt had caused the lines to deteriorate, increasing the risk of brake failure.
Now, Subaru is recalling some of those vehicles again. Nearly 200,000 that were covered under the previous recall may still have the same problem. This latest recall is for the 2008-11 Impreza, the 2009-13 Forester and the 2008-14 WRX and STI, specifically for models registered in 20 U.S states which use salt to treat snowy and icy roads, including New York.
As with previous recalls, auto dealers will reapply a special anti-corrosion wax. Owners are asked to bring those models back again due to “incomplete repair instructions provided to dealers” during the last recall.
The following report is from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
RECALL Subject : Brake Line Corrosion at Four-Way Connector
Report Receipt Date: DEC 31, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V830000
Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Potential Number of Units Affected: 198,900
Manufacturer: Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2008-2011 Impreza, 2008-2014 WRX and STI, and 2009-2013 Forester vehicles, 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 that were remedied under recall 14V-311 prior to December 23, 2014. The brake lines may experience brake line corrosion due to salt water splashing on the brake lines through a gap in the fuel tank protector.
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.
Subaru will notify owners, and 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 January 26, 2015. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru’s number for this recall is WQQ-52. Notes: This recall is specific to affected Forester, Impreza, WRX, and STI customers who had their car remedied under NHTSA recall no. 14V-311 prior to December 23, 2014. Subaru has determined that this remedy was inadequate due to incomplete repair instructions provided to dealers. Affected Forester, Impreza, WRX, and STI vehicles that were not repaired under NHTSA recall no. 14V-311 prior to December 23, 2014 will continue to be processed under NHTSA recall no. 14V-311. Affected vehicles not currently, or formerly, registered in the salt belt states identified in this recall are eligible for repair, at no cost to the customer, upon request.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.