2012 Subaru Impreza, Legacy, Outback: Recall Alert

December 5, 2011

Subaru is recalling certain 2012 model year Impreza sedans and wagons, and Legacy and Outback vehicles over concerns about a possible brake problem.

2012 Subaru Legacy

2012 Subaru Legacy

A notice in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potential affected units at 31,959. Documentation from Subaru further breaks out the numbers as 11,553 Impreza sedans and wagons, and 20,406 Legacy/Outback vehicles. Affected Impreza sedans and wagons (except WRX/STI) were manufactured from April 21, 2011 through November 15, 2011, and Legacy and Outback vehicles were built from October 17, 2011 through November 23, 2011.

2012 Subaru Outback

2012 Subaru Outback

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At issue is the potential malfunction of the brake master cylinder that could then result in increased brake pedal travel distance required to either slow or stop the vehicle. This malfunction might cause the driver to misjudge how much brake pedal travel is needed to stop or slow in time. The NHTSA notice says that the malfunctioning of the brake master cylinder could occur unexpectedly and without any prior warning, thus increasing crash risk.

TheCarConnection reported on this issue before the NHTSA recall notice appeared, noting that during the four days that the 2012 Subaru Impreza, Legacy and Outback vehicles were for sale, about 3,000 of them had been sold. All of those vehicles will be recalled and repaired.

Subaru is notifying owners of affected vehicles and instructing them to make an appointment to bring their vehicles to a Subaru dealer. The dealer will inspect the brake master cylinder and repair it, if necessary, free of charge. The Subaru safety recall campaign is expected to begin during December 2011.

In the meantime, owners of 2012 Subaru Impreza, Legacy and Outback vehicles with any questions or concerns may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783. Reference the Subaru safety recall number WVY-35.

Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact the NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to https://www.safercar.gov.  Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 11V562000.

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