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Subaru Recalls 600k SUVs Due to Brake Line Problems; Majority in the U.S., 100k in Canada

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By Esther Tanquintic-Misa | July 4, 2014 1:30 PM EST

Problems in the brake lines of its cars and SUV lines have forced Subaru to recall more than 660,000 vehicles, majority of which are in the U.S. About 100,000 are in Canada.

REUTERS/Kham
A new model Ford EcoSport SUV (sport utility vehicle) car for sale, is driven on to a truck during its launch ceremony at automaker Ford Vietnam's factory in Vietnam's northern Hai Duong province, outside Hanoi June 27, 2014. Vietnam's economic growth quickened in the second quarter to an estimated 5.25 percent from the same period a year earlier. The economy grew by an annual 5.09 percent in the first quarter, the General Statistics Office (GSO) said in a report on Friday, revised up from an expansion of 4.96 percent in its earlier estimate. REUTERS/Kham (VIETNAM - Tags: BUSINESS TRANSPORT INDUSTRIAL)

Specifically included in the massive recall are the

2005 through 2009 Legacy and Outback

2008 through 2014 Impreza

2009 through 2013 Forester

Subaru said it found that the brake lines in these models can rust and leak fluid, giving the driver a longer time to stop the vehicle when needed.

Portal driving.ca, quoting AutoGuide, said "vehicles where road salt is used in the winter could see brake lines rust prematurely and lead to fluid leaks."

According to the AP, the U.S. part of the recall covers vehicles sold or registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Washington, D.C. These are primarily areas where salt is used to clear roads in the winter.

In Canada, 105,649 vehicles will be recalled, Transport Canada said.

"For the units that are affected the owners will be notified and directed to their local dealer to inspect and or correct as required," spokesman Michael McHale said in an email. He added no crashes or injuries have been reported due to the problem, but Subaru decided to take action as a precaution of safety for its clients.

Inspectors will check vehicles by depressing their brake pedals while lines will be scrutinized for leaks. Rusted brake lines will automatically be replaced and rust-proofed, while models affected by the recall without any leaks will only be rust-proofed.

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A new model Ford EcoSport SUV (sport utility vehicle) car for sale, is driven on to a truck during its launch ceremony at automaker Ford Vietnam's factory in Vietnam's northern Hai Duong province, outside Hanoi June 27, 2014. Vietnam's economic growth quickened in the second quarter to an estimated 5.25 percent from the same period a year earlier. The economy grew by an annual 5.09 percent in the first quarter, the General Statistics Office (GSO) said in a report on Friday, revised up from an expansion of 4.96 percent in its earlier estimate. REUTERS/Kham (VIETNAM - Tags: BUSINESS TRANSPORT INDUSTRIAL)
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