WASHINGTON — Subaru of America is recalling 198,900 2008-'11 Subaru Impreza, 2008-'14 WRX and WRX STI and 2009-'13 Forester vehicles in cold-weather states because the brake lines may experience brake line corrosion, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The problem is ?due to salt water splashing on the brake lines through a gap in the fuel tank protector," NHTSA said in its recall summary. ?Brake fluid may leak due to the brake line corrosion and may result in longer distances being required to slow or stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash."
Subaru spokesman Michael McHale told Edmunds there are no injuries, crashes or fatalities linked to the recall.
Some of the affected Forester, Impreza, WRX and STI vehicles may have been fixed under a previous recall.
?Subaru has determined that this remedy was inadequate due to incomplete repair instructions provided to dealers," NHTSA said.
The affected 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.
Affected vehicles not currently, or formerly, registered in the salt-belt states in this recall are eligible for repair at no cost to the customer, upon request.
Subaru dealers will apply an anti-corrosion wax to the four-way joint connector area of the brake line system. The recall is expected to begin on January 26. Owners can contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783.
Edmunds says: This recall begins in a few weeks, but if you have any immediate questions or concerns it's best to contact your dealer.