Subaru recalling cars, SUVs for second time to fix potentially dangerous rusty brake lines

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2009 Subaru Forester, Credit: GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Image

2009 Subaru Forester, Credit: GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Image

DETROIT (AP) — Subaru is recalling about 199,000 cars and SUVs for a second time to fix rusty brake lines that can leak fluid and cause longer stopping distances.

The recall covers the 2009 through 2013 Forester, 2008 through 2011 Impreza, and the 2008 through 2014 WRX and WRX-STI models. It affects vehicles in 20 U.S. cold weather states and Washington, D.C., where salt is used to clear roads in the winter.

Subaru says in documents filed with the government that salty water can splash on the brake lines through a gap in the fuel tank protector. That can cause rust and leaks. A recall from last year for the same problem didn’t work due to incomplete repair instructions to dealers.

Dealers will apply a corrosion-fighting wax to a brake line connector.

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2 comments

  • okeydokee

    What did you expect from JAP JUNKS. I hear HONDA was fined $80 million and did Toyota pay the fine of $1.1 Billion for building vehicles to murder Americans yet?   Mike

  • Victoria Runda

    You would think that Subaru would have permanently fixed this problem a while ago. At least they are being responsible and issuing a recall at this point. If they didn’t it would be disastrous to see what would happen.

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