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Subaru Warns Owners Not to Drive Recalled Vehicles

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.