WASHINGTON — Subaru of America is recalling 48,500 2016-'17 Subaru Legacy sedans and Outback wagons because of a steering problem, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Owners are advised not to drive their vehicles until they are repaired.
A stop-sale order is in place on the affected cars.
"The steering column on the affected vehicles may have been improperly machined, and as a result, turning the steering wheel may have no effect on the direction of the wheels," NHTSA said in its recall summary. "The loss of steering ability would increase the risk of a crash."
There are no accidents or injuries linked to the recall, Subaru spokesman Michael McHale told Edmunds. He said that loaner vehicles would be available to affected customers.
A customer reported a problem with the steering on their 2016 Subaru Outback on May 3.
The affected Legacy and Outback vehicles were built from February 29, 2016 to May 6, 2016.
Subaru dealers will inspect the lot number on the steering column and replace the steering column, as necessary. The recall is expected to begin on May 13. Owners can contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783.
Edmunds says: Subaru is in the process of contacting owners of these cars now. Contact your dealer for further instructions if you own an affected 2016-'17 Legacy or Outback.