Subaru of America has issued a recall of over 660,000 vehicles in 20 “salt belt” states and the District of Columbia for possible corrosion in the brake-line that may occur when salt water seeps through a gap in the fuel tank protector. The recall covers the 2005-2009 Outback and Legacy, 2008-2011 Impreza, 2008-14 Impreza WRX/STI and 2009-13 Forester.
The recall only affects those on states -- where they either are currently or have formerly been registered -- with heavy road salt use in winter. According to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, saltwater corrosion could result to brake-fluid leakage, which means a vehicle would travel longer distances before it comes to a halt.
Subaru notified its dealers to the recall on June 10, saying that it would inform owners within the following 60 days. If dealers do not detect brake-fluid seepage in the affected units, anti-corrosion wax will be applied to the brake lines. If seepage is detected, dealers will replace the brake lines and rustproof them with anti-corrosion wax.
Subaru called back around 225,000 2005-2009 Legacy and Outback vehicles in April 2013 on a similar issue. The carmaker said those units are part of the current recall and will have to undergo rustproofing.
According to a Subaru spokesman, the defect was detected during testing, noting that the recall is a precautionary measure. The vehicles being recalled are/were 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 D.C.