We are listing the recall of Subaru’s 2012 Impreza, Legacy and Outback vehicles in the Recalls Section. The recall has put sales on hold for dealers. The Subaru dealers are suddenly left with few new cars to sell because of the recall and stop-sale order prompted by braking system problems in the vehicles. It should be noted that Forester and Tribeca crossovers aren’t affected. The trouble with the recalled models is that the driver has to push the brake pedal too far down before it slows or stops the car. Subaru is shipping new brake master cylinders to fix the problem both in cars in stock and those already sold, according to a Subaru spokesman, Michael McHale.
The recall, quietly begun by Subaru on November 25th – very interesting timing – applies to about 3,000 cars sold and an undisclosed number in inventory. Subaru already was short on new cars as a result of strong sales coupled with supply problems arising from March’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Autoweek says the faulty master cylinders made their way into cars produced at Subaru’s plants both in Japan and Lafayette, Ind. The publication reported that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had received about 130 complaints about the problem. Interestingly, NHTSA’s safercar.gov recall site showed no record of the Subaru brake recall. NHTSA says the documents were received on November 26th and a recall notice was then published on the NHTSA site. The government requires that new cars be taken off sale when replacement parts aren’t readily available during safety recalls.
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