Subaru halts sales of 2012 Impreza, Legacy and Outback models due to brake problem

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 5, 2011

Sales of the 2012 Impreza, Legacy and Outback models from Subaru were halted on Nov. 25 over complaints on increased brake pedal travel. In addition, the recall for about 3,000 units already delivered to their owners has been issued. Parent company Fuji Heavy Industries said that the company got about 130 reports of the brakes being defective.

So far, it has confirmed the flaw on three vehicles. Subaru of America spokesman Michael McHale said that several customers have complained that the brakes “didn't feel right” and that the pedal travelled farther than it should.

However, he reiterated that there were no failure issues and accidents. Subaru would need to replace the master cylinder in order to repair the vehicle. McHale said that the 130 field reports originated from either dealers or dealership personnel that handle the cars. The NHTSA has already been informed and the recall notices are currently being distributed to vehicle owners.

They’re expected to be released within a day or two. McHale anticipates that sales will resume within a few days or maybe on the early part of next week. Most of the vehicles are Legacy and Outback models produced at Subaru's SIA plant in Lafayette, Ind.

A small number are Imprezas produced at Subaru's plant in Gunma Prefecture in Japan. The master cylinder is a common part for the three vehicles built by a supplier.

The parts that were defective come from one production batch. McHale said that its priority is to fix the 3,000 vehicles already sold. It would then repair the vehicles in the inventory. It takes around one hour to repair each vehicle.

2012 Subaru Impreza was first seen at the New York International Auto Show in 2011. The fourth generation model has daring and dynamic design elements. It will also be introducing a line of new engines. The compact car has bigger space inside, and handling agility has also been improved.

Infotainment technology, more features and better materials for the interior help give you a more satisfying ownership and driving experience.

In the United Kingdom, the 2012 Subaru Impreza comes with a new Boxer engine that is coupled with a five-speed manual transmission. You can also pair this 1.6 litre engine with the new Lineartronic CVT. All new Imprezas come equipped with the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.

The new model has a longer wheelbase that is coupled with shorter front and rear overhangs, giving it more space for the interior while retaining the external appearances from its predecessor. The passenger cabin is more spacious and it feels that way, especially when visibility is also improved.

Daring and Functional Design

New Impreza has a more daring and confident look that underlines its sporty history as well as the All-Wheel Drive system. Viewed from the side, the 2012 Impreza directs your attention to the powerful wheel arches and the wheels, the same theme that you see on the 2010 Subaru Legacy.

Up front, you have the Subaru badge accentuating the hexagonal grille. This grille is a new Subaru trademark. The 2012 Impreza has the trademark hawk-eye headlights plus the new wheel covers and new alloy wheel stylings.

Various design elements also give the new Impreza a more athletic appearance while also giving its occupants a better view of what lies ahead. The windshield is slanted more than the ones you find on earlier models, while the A-pillar is now placed close to eight inches more forward. That paved the way for a longer front door opening, giving you easy access into the car. You also get lower doorsills and bigger rear doors.

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