Recall Alert: This Time, It’s Subaru

If a Subaru is your family vehicle of choice, then you’e going to want to stop and read about the most recent car recall. The Subaru vehicle recall involves nearly 30,000 cars with manual transmission only. Both the Subaru Outback and Subaru Legacy from model years 2010 to 2014 are included.

A spokesperson for Subaru told Red Tricycle via email that the company was “not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this [recall issue].” The recalled cars pose a rollaway risk due to a potentially faulty electronic parking brake. Subaru also told us the recall only affects manual transmission vehicles.

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Recall Description: 2010–2014 Subaru Legacy & Outback

The current recall covers 2010 to 2014 Subaru Legacy sedans and Subaru Outback crossovers with manual transmissions.

Why the Cars Were Recalled

The vehicles being recalled have a potentially faulty electronic brake system that can fail and cause the cars to be at risk of rolling away even when parked. Two of the components of the control unit of the parking break has the potential to crack with use over time. The crack could cause the parking brake light warning lamp to turn on even when the brake isn’t properly engaged.

If the emergency brake doesn’t engage, then the vehicle has the potential to roll away if it is not in the correct transmission when parked.

How to Tell If Your Subaru Is Part of the Recall

If you have a Subaru Legacy manufactured between Dec. 10, 2008, and May 19, 2014 in Indiana or a Subaru Outback manufactured between March 16, 2009, and June 2, 2014 in Indiana, you may be part of the recall. Again this recall only effects cars with manual transmission only. To confirm if your vehicle is included you can enter your vehicle identification number (VIN) on the NHTSA’s website.

What Parents Can Do

Subaru will be contacting vehicle owners directly with the recall set to begin on Nov. 7. If your car is affected by the recall you should contact your local Subaru dealer immediately to have the necessary parts replaced at no cost.

—Shahrzad Warkentin



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