2003 Subaru Forester
Subaru is conducting a major recall of nearly 300,000 vehicles originally sold or currently registered in Northeast or Midwestern states to replace potentially rusty brackets on the underside of the vehicles.
A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potential affected units at 295,123. Makes and model years affected include 2003-2008 Subaru Forester, 2002-2007 Subaru Impreza, and 2005-2006 Saab 9-2X vehicles. Affected vehicles were manufactured from September 5, 2000 through November 26, 2007.
The NHTSA notice says that front lower control arms may break at the hanger brackets as a result of corrosion if the hanger bracket is exposed to humid or salty environments, such as roads where a snow melting agent is used.
Possible consequence of a broken control arm is loss of vehicle control, which increases the risk of a crash.
The safety recall includes vehicles in the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Subaru dealers will inspect the lower control arms of affected vehicles and will either replace them or rustproof them, at no charge to the owners. The safety recall is expected to begin during November 2011.
In the meantime, owners of 2003-2008 Subaru Forester, 2002-2007 Subaru Impreza, or 2005-2006 Saab 9-2X vehicles may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783. Reference the Subaru safety recall number WVX-34.
Alternatively, owners may also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to https://www.safercar.gov. Refer to the NHTSA Campaign ID No. 11V464000.