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Subaru Recalls 5,300 New Cars

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On: Thu, May 23, 2013 at 11:52AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Subaru Recalls 5,300 New Cars

Subaru has issued a recall of 5,379 Outback and Legacy models built between February 15 and June 15, 2012 all designated as 2013 models. It seems that these cars may be susceptible to having defective inner and outer steering shafts on their steering columns. These shafts may become disengaged from one another, which could cause the operator to lose the ability to steer the car and result in a crash. Subaru has begun contacting owners, but if they have not been contacted yet, they may call Subaru at 1-800-782-2783 to schedule a free repair to the steering column. Read on for the full report...

Report Receipt Date: MAY 13, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V194000
Component(s): STEERING
Potential Number of Units Affected: 5,379
Manufacturer: Subaru of America, Inc.


SUMMARY:
Subaru is recalling certain model year 2013 Outback and Legacy vehicles manufactured from February 15, 2012, through June 15, 2012. In the affected vehicles, the inner and outer shafts of the steering column assembly may become disengaged from one another.

CONSEQUENCE:
If the shafts become disengaged, the driver would lose the ability to steer the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the steering column assembly with a new one, free of charge. The recall began on May 14, 2013. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's recall campaign number is WQI-45.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.




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