Japanese automaker Subaru is recalling over 200,000 of its all-wheel-drive vehicles to fix a defect which could lead to corrosion of the brake lines.
According to an official recall notice released Tuesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Subaru said it discovered that salt water “could splash on the brake lines through a gap in the fuel tank protector, resulting in excessive corrosion of the brake lines.”
The company went on to say that the defect could lead to brake fluid leakage, which “may result in longer distances being required to slow or stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.”
The recall affects Legacy and Outback sedans and wagons from the 2005 through 2009 model years sold in 20 states and Washington, D.C., where salt is used to clear roads in the winter.
Those states are Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Wisconsin, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.
Subaru said that it was continuing to review registration data but that it expected about half of the 400,000 vehicles produced during these model years would need to be fixed, according to Subaru and The Associated Press.
Subaru on Tuesday said “no reports, accidents, injuries or incidents of failure have occurred.” It said the problem was discovered by its Japanese parent during an internal testing program.
Owners of Legacy and Outback sedans and wagons can take their cars to Subaru dealers for a free inspection.
Subaru dealers will check the cars for leaks. If leaks are found, the brake lines will be replaced. If there are none, mechanics will apply an anti-corrosion wax. All the work will be done at no cost to owners.
Subaru did not say when the recall would begin, but owners can call the company at 1-800-782-2783 to find out if their car is included.