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Recall redux for Subaru over brake line rust issues

Subaru America is recalling more than 660,000 cars registered in over 20 states.
Subaru America is recalling more than 660,000 cars registered in over 20 states.Photo by Mark Renders/Getty Images

Subaru has issued a recall of more than 660,000 cans and SUVs after finding that rust (especially that caused by salt used to melt snow and ice on roads during winter can develop on brake lines causing fluid to leak after splashing on to them through a gap in the fuel protector tank.

Affected vehicles include 2005-2009 Legacys and Outbacks, as well as 2008-2014 Imprenza qnd 2009-2013 Forresters sold or registered in the following states: Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Delaware, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, West Virginia, Washington DC, and Wisconsin. This is the second time any of the vehicles have been recalled in these area for the same problem. In fact, more than 274,000 Outbacks and Legacys were recalled for rust related problems in March 2013.

According to the company, dealers will inspect and replace any damaged lines, as well as apply anticorrosion wax. In the meantime. the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated that additional areas on the vehicles need to be rustproofed as well. Although no accidents or injuries have been reported for this issue, “Subaru is taking the action as a precaution,” stated Michael McHale, a representative for the automaker.

Last year Subaru also recalled 2014 Legacy 3.6R and Outback 3.6R, as well as 2013 Tribeca vehicles produced June12-28, 2013 equipped with 5-speed automatic transmissions because of a problem involving the parking rod, becoming loose and preventing the vehicles from being shifted out of the “park” position preventing them from being driven or moved. In other cases, the detached rods caused the parking mechanism to fail to engage, allowing the vehicles to roll and increasing the danger for collisions.

For more information, consumers can contact Subaru America at 1-800-782-2783. You can also call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888 327-4236.