Subaru has another weld problem. This time the Japanese automaker wants to take another look at some 2,000 vehicles because of “improperly applied spot welds.”
“Certain spot welds, located on the duct below the cowl panel, may not have been properly applied during production,” the company said in a letter to owners and lessor of recalled cars. “If the spot welds were improperly applied, the strength of the vehicle’s body may be reduced, potentially increasing the risk of injury in the event of a crash.”
The recalls covers more than 2,100 Legacy Sedan and Outback Crossovers that were produced during a one-week stretch of late May and early June 2019. It comes less than a year after Subaru recalled nearly 300 Ascent SUVs over missing welds.
Typically when a company recalls a car, it offers to inspect vehicles and repair them free of charge. Subaru is doing that in this situation. But the company is also offering to buy defective cars back or provide a replacement vehicle.
A Subaru spokesperson told The Detroit Bureau it is offering buybacks and replacements because “it would be time-consuming to have to make the repairs.”
The company says only about 12 percent of the recalled cars are likely to actually be defective. Cars covered by the recall that have not been sold will be repaired, the company said.
“Your continued satisfaction with your Subaru is important to us,” the company told owners and lessors. “Please understand that we have taken this action in the interest of your safety and your vehicle’s proper operation.”
How the California Lemon Law Protects Drivers
Subaru is not the only company that has recently copped to allowing defective vehicles hit the road. It is an unfortunately common occurrence for a large automaker to recall tens and even hundreds of thousands of vehicles because of defects that pose serious safety hazards.
For car owners and lessors in the Golden State, the California lemon law provides some important legal protections in the event that your vehicles is defective. The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act requires car manufacturers to repair vehicles while they are under warranty. It also forces manufacturers to buy back or replace those cars that it cannot property fix.
The law additionally requires the manufacturer to pick up the legal tab for any costs incurred by owners and lessors enforcing their rights.
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If you have been stuck with a lemon and the car’s manufacturer is refusing or unable to repair it, you have the right to take legal action.
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