Subaru to Recall 900,000 Cars Over Engine and Suspension Defects
When you buy a car, one of the things you expect to come with it is a working engine.
Subaru is recalling nearly 900,000 vehicles, including the popular Crosstrek sport utility vehicle and compact Impreza models. The company says the recalled cars’ engines may stall without warning or parts to the vehicles’ suspensions may fall off.
“Over time, due to initial variation in rear stabilizer bracket dimensions, the bracket bolt(s) may loosen,” Subaru said in a defect notice filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “Continued operation could result in bolt(s) detaching. If the rear stabilizer bracket bolt(s) detach, there is an increased risk of a crash.”
The recall covers more than 466,000 Crosstrek SUVs from 2018 and 2019 and Impreza vehicles from 2017 through 2019. The company began notifying owners of recalled cars in mid-May.
Subaru said it issued the recall “out of an abundance of caution” and was not aware of any accidents or injuries caused by the defect.
“Subaru dealers will inspect the condition of the bolts and retorque to specification, if necessary,” the company told NHTSA. “If a bolt is missing, the Subaru dealer will install a new bolt at no cost to the customer.”
California Car Owners: Know Your Rights
This is not the first time that Subaru has had to recall vehicles over defects that pose potentially serious safety risks.
Last year, the company called back some 250,000 cars over an engine problem that Subaru said could cause the vehicles to suddenly lose power. In 2020, the company shut down a Japanese plant for 12 days because of steering problems in some Crosstrek, Forrester and Impreza vehicles and later recalled some 1.3 million vehicles as a result of brake light issues.
Subaru is not alone. Carmakers around the globe recall millions of vehicles every year, citing a wide range of defects that put everyone on the road at risk of an accident.
That is where the California lemon law comes in to help protect car owners and lessors in the Golden State. The law requires car manufacturers to perform a full range of repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. It also forces manufacturers to buy back - or, in some cases, replace - vehicles that the company is unable or unwilling to fix.
How a California Lemon Law Attorney Can Help
If you have been stuck with a defective vehicle, a California lemon law attorney at Bickel Sannipoli APC can help understand your rights and take legal action. We are pleased to be able to represent people across the state.
Our attorneys understand the significant stress that can come with haggling with car dealers and manufacturers. Our lawyers work aggressively to resolve these cases for the people that we represent.