July 3, 2014 at 1:00 am

Subaru recalling 660K vehicles over brake lines

The 2011 Subaru Forester 2.5x is among vehicles the automaker is recalling. (AP)

Subaru of America said Thursday it is recalling more than 660,000 vehicles because of brake line rust that can result in leaking brake fluid.

The Japanese automaker, a unit of Fuji Heavy Industries, said it is recalling the 2005-09 Outback and Legacy, 2008-11 Impreza and 2008-14 Impreza WRX/STI, and 2009-13 Forester sold or registered in “salt belt” states, where heavy road salt is used in the winter.

The states include Michigan, Indiana and Ohio, along with Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and D.C.

Subaru says salt water could splash on the brake lines through a gap in the fuel tank protector, resulting in excessive rust of the brake lines.

Subaru dealers will test the brake system by depressing the brake pedal and inspecting for brake fluid leaks. If no brake fluid seepage is observed, the affected areas will be rustproofed with anti-corrosion wax. If brake fluid seepage is observed, the brake lines will be replaced followed by rustproofing with anti-corrosion wax. Subaru hasn’t yet said when the recall will begin.

Subaru previously recalled some 2005-09 Legacy/Outback vehicles in 2013. Vehicles that were fixed under last year’s recall still need additional areas rust-proofed.


Brake line rust is possible in 2008-11 Impreza WRX/STI that are in 'salt ... (Subaru)