Subaru Recalls 660,000 Cars For Rusting Brake Lines
2005-2009 Subaru Outback and Legacy, 2008-2011 Subaru Impreza, 2008-2014 Subaru WRX/STI, and 2009-2013 Subaru Forester
The Problem: On a long list of Subaru models, a gap in the fuel tank protector allows salt residue to splash onto brake lines. Over time, this can cause those brake lines to corrode and leak, potentially reducing the car's braking performance.
The Fix: Subaru will inspect cars and test for brake fluid leaks. If there are no leaks, Subaru will apply anti-corrosion rustproofing wax to the cars' undersides. If there are leaks, Subaru will replace the brake lines and then apply the rustproofing.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 660,238 Subaru models sold between 2005 and 2014. The Subaru recall only affects models sold in 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 the District of Columbia.
2013-2014 Jaguar XF
The Problem: The right-hand rear brake line might rub against a suspension bracket, which over time could cause a fluid leak. If brake fluid leaks, it could reduce the effectiveness of the brakes.
The Fix: Jaguar will inspect the cars and adjust the bracket, and replace the brake lines if they are damaged.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 68 units of the 2013-2014 Jaguar XF.
2008-2011 Lotus Elise and Exige, 2011 Lotus Evora
The Problem: An oil cooler hose might come loose, spilling engine oil into the engine and onto the rear tires. That could start an engine fire, or reduce rear traction and cause a crash. Lotus previously recalled the 2005-2006 Elise and Exige for the same problem.
The Fix: Lotus will replace the oil cooler fittings for free.
2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart, Lancer Evolution
The Problem: There may not be enough clearance between a power-steering hose and a crossmember brace. Over time, the hose may develop a hose, allowing fluid to leak and preventing the power steering from working. The leaking fluid could also start a fire if it falls on something hot, such as the exhaust.
The Fix: Mitsubishi will inspect the hose and replace it if necessary.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 146 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart and Lancer Evolution models.