Subaru is recalling approximately 48,500 model-year 2016 and 2017 Subaru
Legacy sedans and Outback wagons. Due to the severity of the defect, the
automaker is warning owners to immediately stop driving impacted vehicles.
The vehicle recall involves Legacy and Outback cars from model years 2016
and 2017 that were manufactured after February 29, 2016. As a result,
older cars in the model year are not affected, and many of the recalled
cars are still on dealer lots.
Nonetheless, the impacted vehicles that are on the road may have a dangerous
defect involving the steering columns. According the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the vehicles may contain steering
columns that were manufactured improperly by a parts supplier. As a result,
"turning the steering wheel may have no effect on the direction of
the wheels," which clearly increases the risk of crash.
Subaru discovered the issue on May 3, 2016, when the owner of a 2016 Outback
reported problems. Subaru further stated that it is not aware of any accidents
or injuries linked to the defect. However, given the risks associated
with the faulty steering column, the manufacturer is
warning owners not to drive the recalled Legacy and Outback vehicles, even to dealers for repair.
Instead, owners are advised to contact their dealers as soon as possible.
Subaru will then send a technician to inspect the vehicle in its current
location. If necessary, the fix involves replacing the steering column.
If you or someone you care about has suffered serious harm due to a defective
steering column or other auto part, you may be entitled to compensation.
For more information, please contact
a San Diego product liability attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage
for a free consultation.