Products Liability Law Daily Subaru cautions owners not to drive recalled Legacy, Outback vehicles until steering columns inspected
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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Subaru cautions owners not to drive recalled Legacy, Outback vehicles until steering columns inspected

By Colleen Kave, J.D.

Subaru of America, Incorporated has recalled around 48,500 model year 2016-2017 Legacy and Outback vehicles manufactured from February 29, 2016, to May 6, 2016, because the steering column on the affected vehicles may have been improperly machined, and as a result, turning the steering wheel may have no effect on the direction of the wheels. The company warns that loss of steering ability would increase the risk of a crash (NHTSA Recall Notice, No. 16V292, Report receipt date: May 11, 2016).

Remedy. Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the lot number on the steering column, replacing the steering column, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 13, 2016. Until the vehicles have been inspected, owners are advised not to drive their vehicles.

Contact information. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783 or by visiting http://www.wtd65.service-campaign.com. Subaru’s number for this recall is WTD-65. 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.

Companies: Subaru of America, Inc.

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