200,000 Subaru Vehicles Recalled for Brake Line Failure

By Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari on April 11, 2013

Subaru of America recently issued a recall for 200,000 Outback and Legacy sedans and wagons due to possibly corroded brake lines. As reported in an Associated Press article posted on a CBS News website, these vehicles include model years 2005 through 2009 and were made from December 2003 through April 2009.

According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), salty water from roads can touch the brake line. As such, the lines can possibly rust and leak braking fluid. If this occurs, it can take much longer than usual to stop the vehicle, possibly leading to a serious crash. Both the front and rear brake lines could be affected by this defect.

While there were a total of 400,000 Legacy and Outback vehicles sold that were from the affected time period, Subaru has estimated that only 200,000 of the cars were to be included in the recall.

Subaru will notify vehicle owners of the recall and have dealers check the brake lines for leaks. Should there be any damage, the lines will be replaced. If there is no sign of damage, mechanics will apply an anti-corrosion wax to the lines.  Either of these remedial measures will be performed without cost to the vehicle’s owners.

The New Jersey brake defect lawyers from Blume Forte are dedicated to protecting consumers who have been injured due to an auto manufacturer’s negligence. If you or a loved one has been harmed due to a vehicle’s defects, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your losses. To find out whether you may have a valid claim and to learn more about your rights, contact our legal team at (973) 635-5400.

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