2008-'14 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Among Vehicles Recalled for Corrosion Problem


  • 2014 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Picture

    2014 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Picture

    Subaru of America is recalling 660,238 vehicles in the U.S., including the 2008-'14 Subaru Impreza WRX STI because the brake lines may fail due to corrosion. | July 03, 2014

Just the Facts:
  • Subaru of America is recalling 660,238 vehicles in the U.S., including the 2008-'14 Subaru Impreza WRX STI, because the brake lines may fail due to corrosion.
  • Other affected vehicles include the 2005-'09 Subaru Outback and Legacy, 2008-'11 Subaru Impreza and 2009-'13 Subaru Forester.
  • Subaru dealers will test the affected cars for brake fluid leaks.

WASHINGTON Subaru of America is recalling 660,238 vehicles in the U.S., including the 2008-'14 Subaru Impreza WRX STI, because the brake lines may fail due to corrosion, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Other affected vehicles include the 2005-'09 Subaru Outback and Legacy, 2008-'11 Subaru Impreza and 2009-'13 Subaru Forester.

The vehicles are currently or formerly 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 the District of Columbia.

"Salt water could splash on the brake lines through a gap in the fuel tank protector, resulting in excessive corrosion of the brake lines," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "Brake line corrosion may result in brake fluid leakage. Fluid leakage may result in longer distances being required to slow or stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash."

There are no crashes, injuries or fatalities linked to the recall, Michael McHale, a Subaru of America spokesman, told Edmunds.

Subaru dealers will test the brake system by depressing the brake pedal and inspecting for brake fluid leaks.

If no brake fluid seepage is observed, the affected areas will be rust-proofed with anti-corrosion wax. If brake fluid seepage is observed, the brake lines will be replaced, followed by rust-proofing with anti-corrosion wax.

A date has not been set for the recall. Owners can contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783.

This recall supersedes an earlier recall that applied to certain 2005-'09 Subaru Legacy and Outback vehicles. Vehicles that were fixed under the previous recall campaign still need additional areas rust-proofed.

Edmunds says: Since there is no date for this recall, it's best to stay in touch with your dealer for next steps.

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