Subaru is recalling 200,000 vehicles because of the potential for corrosion of the brake lines from salt water. The recall affects some Legacy and Outback models from 2005 to 2009. Subaru was the victim of another recall less than a month ago for a glitch that resulted in remote starters automatically starting the vehicle without the driver’s knowledge.
According to a recall notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the brake lines on affected vehicles may corrode over time if they’re splashed by salt water through a gap in the fuel tank protector. Subaru spokesman Michael McHale said that the company was still calculating the total number of cars affected, but it has already reached the 200,000 mark.
However, the recall is only limited to cars either currently or formerly registered in 20 states, and Washington DC. These are states that salt their roads during the winter to allow cars more grip while on the road. So, if you live in a state that salts the roads (as opposed to using a sand mixture, perhaps), you’re mostly affected.
McHale says that there havn’t been any reports of accidents as a result of the brake line issue, but the company doesn’t want to take any chances, and McHale notes that Subaru is being “super conservative.” McHale notes that the issue was actually discovered during testing phases of one of their cars, where it started exhibit corrosion on the brake line. Aside from recalling vehicles earlier last month, Subaru also recalled a whopping 600,000 vehicles back in January.