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Subaru Recalls More Than 660,000 Vehicles

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This past week Subaru announced that it was recalling more than 660,000 cars and SUVs after finding that the affected vehicles' brake lines can rust and leak fluid. This defect can cause stopping the vehicle to take more time, posing a heightened risk for accidents. Half of the vehicles included in this recall have previously been recalled due to the same issue. The vehicles affected by this recall include Legacy and Outback, model years 2005 through 2009, Impreza, model years 2008 through 2014 and Forester, model years 2009 through 2013. The recall covers vehicles sold or registered in 20 states as well as Washington, D.C., where salt is typically used on roads for safety purposes in the winter. Missouri and Illinois are among the 20 states included in this recall. According to documents released by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there is a gap in the fuel tank protector by which salty water can splash onto the brake lines, causing rust. As a result, if the break lines leak fluid, the vehicle make take a longer than usual time to stop, increasing the risk of a crash. Affected vehicles should be inspected by dealers who will replace the break lines if leaks are found and apply anti-corrosion wax. Through a spokesman, the company stated that it has not received any reports of crashes or injuries due to the problem; the recall is merely a precaution.

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