Subaru of America is recalling 198,900 model year 2008-2011 Impreza, 2008-2014 WRX and STI, and 2009-2013 Forester vehicles, 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 that were recently fixed under a previous recall.
The brake lines in these vehicles may experience corrosion due to salt water splashing on the brake lines through a mistakenly made gap in the fuel tank protector. This could result in longer distances being required to slow or stop the vehicle, dramatically increasing the risk of a crash.
Subaru has determined that the proposed solution in the earlier recall was inadequate due to incomplete repair instructions provided to dealers. Affected Forester, Impreza, WRX, and STI vehicles that were not repaired during the previous recall will continue to be processed.
Affected vehicles not currently, or formerly, registered in the salt belt states identified in this recall are still eligible for repair, at no cost to the customer, upon request to the manufacturer.
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will apply an anti-corrosion wax to the four-way joint connector area of the brake line system, for absolutely no charge. The recall is expected to begin on January 26, 2015.
Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru’s number for this recall is WQQ-52.