The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is recalling 200,000 Subaru 2005-2009 Legacy and Outback sedans and wagons for corroded brake lines.
NHTSA said 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 corrosion could cause brake fluid leakage, which could result in longer vehicle stopping distances, increasing the risk of a crash.”
There have been no reports of accidents, injuries or incidents of failure. The problem was discovered by Subaru during an internal testing program.
NHTSA Recall Info:
Report Receipt Date: MAR 27, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V110000
Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
SUBARU LEGACY 2005-2009
SUBARU OUTBACK 2005-2009
Subaru is recalling certain model year 2005-2009 Outback and Legacy vehicles manufactured from December 2003, through April 2009 and 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. Salt water could splash on the brake lines through a gap in the fuel tank protector, resulting in excessive corrosion of the brake lines.
Brake line corrosion may result in brake fluid leakage. Fluid leakage may result in longer distances being required to slow or stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
REMEDY: Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles. If no brake fluid seepage is observed, the affected area will be rustproofed with anti-corrosion wax. If brake fluid seepage is observed, the brake lines will be replaced followed by rustproofing with anti-corrosion wax. These services will be performed free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru’s recall campaign number is WQG-43.