Subaru has recalled its Legacy, Outback, Forester and Impreza cars – manufactured between 2003 and 2009 – in North America, South America, Europe and Asia.
South Africa is not affected by the global recall.
“The recalls should be of no concern to any South African Subaru owners. Our vehicles are manufactured to the highest production and safety standards and will continue their legendary reputation for reliability and ultimate safety, despite the consequences of the recall,” said Ashley Lazarus, Subaru Southern Africa Marketing Manager.
“Product recalls are never nice to announce, and Subaru is taking a very proactive approach to the problems which affect some of our vehicles on a global level.”
“While the problems, which include improper inflation of passenger-side airbags supplied to Subaru in Japan, as well as potential corrosion of brake lines in markets where salt is used to improve grip on snow-covered or icy road surfaces, have not yet resulted in any vehicles performing dangerously or with fault, Subaru is implementing immediate action to fix and prevent any complications from potentially occurring,” said Lazarus.
Corrective measures include airbag and brake line replacement, as well as the application of anti-corrosive wax to brake lines in order to prevent potential future corrosion.
Subaru remains the only vehicle manufacturer whose entire model range has achieved the coveted Top Safety Pick award by the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) in the United States, and all Subaru vehicles carry five-star safety ratings.