Subaru Recalls 250,000 Cars Over Engine Problem
Subaru is recalling a quarter of a million vehicles because of an engine problem that could cause the cars to suddenly lose power.
The problem is with a positive crankcase ventilation valve, an engine part that could allow oil into areas where it shouldn’t be, according to Consumer Reports. That could cause serious problems for anyone inside or nearby a defective vehicle.
“The PCV valve, an oil flow control device, may separate and allow engine oil to enter the combustion chamber,” Subaru said in a recall notice filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“Operation of a vehicle with a separated PCV valve may cause a visible change in the appearance and/or amount of tailpipe exhaust,” the company continued. “If driving under this condition continues, the vehicle may experience a loss of motive power, increasing the risk of a crash.”
The recall includes a number of Subaru models, including the Crosstrek sport utility vehicle, Crosstrek plug-in hybrids, Impreza hatchbacks and sedans, Ascent SUVs and Forrester SUVs.
This is not Subaru’s first trouble issue with car defects. The company last year shut down a plant in Japan for 12 days because of steering problems in the Crosstrek, Forrester and Impreza vehicles being produced at the facility. It also recalled some 1.3 million vehicles as a result of brake light issues later the same year.
Legal Rights for California Car Owners
The good news for Subaru owners and other drivers in the Golden State is that the California lemon law provides important legal protections.
The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act requires car manufacturers to perform certain repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. If the manufacturer is unwilling or unable to make those repairs, the company is required to buy back the car. It also has to compensate the owner for financing and other related costs. The manufacturer can offer instead to replace the vehicle, but it is the owner’s decision whether to accept that option.
The law also obligates the manufacturer to pick up the bill for any legal fees that a car owner incurs while enforcing his or her rights under the lemon law. A seasoned attorney can provide vital insight to car owners weighing their rights and options under the law.
How a California Lemon Law Attorney Can Help You
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