WASHINGTON — Subaru of America is recalling 72,000 vehicles with the EyeSight driver-assist system, including the 2015 Subaru Legacy and Outback, because the advanced safety system may not function as intended, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"If the switch that activates the brake lights fails, the automatic pre-collision braking component of the driver assist system will not function," said NHTSA in its recall summary. "If the automatic pre-collision braking system does not function as intended, the vehicle will not react to an obstacle in its path, increasing the risk of a crash."
A Subaru spokesman did not respond immediately to a query from Edmunds asking if there are any injuries, crashes or fatalities linked to the recall.
According to a Subaru chronology posted on NHTSA, the automaker said in April it discovered "the possibility of failure" of the system during the development of other model vehicles.
At the time it "was recognized that it will take longer for the multi-information display to inform the driver none of the driver-assist system functions can be used."
Subaru then updated production lines in the U.S. and Japan with a revised program in mid-April. On May 28, it was decided that it needed to issue a product safety recall in the U.S. market.
Subaru dealers will reprogram the driver-assist system. A date has not been set for the recall, but Subaru told its dealers that it is expected to begin within the next 60 days. Owners can contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783.
Edmunds says: Owners of these vehicles should wait for their official recall notice and then schedule an appointment with their dealer. But if you have an immediate concern, it's best to contact your dealer now.