Faulty brakes have prompted Subaru of America to halt sales of three flagship 2012 vehicles, reports Automotive News. Sales of the 2012 Subaru Impreza, Legacy and Outback ceased as of Friday, Nov. 25, after approximately 130 dealership complaints were filed regarding faulty brakes.
Increased brake pedal travel leads to Subaru headache
Subaru’s parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries, is in the process of recalling about 3,000 vehicles that has have already been sold and delivered, notes Automotive News. The issue of increased brake pedal travel – where the pedal hits the floor before the brakes are fully applied – has been confirmed so far on the new Impreza, Legacy and Outback.
In its defense, Subaru is claiming that the brakes aren’t faulty.
“Some customers said the brakes didn’t feel right,” said spokesman Michael McHale. “The pedal travels farther than it should. There were no failure issues, no accidents.”
Master cylinder replacement required
According to McHale, any braking issues customers may be experiencing can be fixed by replacing the master cylinder. Repairs take approximately one hour at a dealership. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration expects to issue an official recall notice within the next few days, which will appear on the NHTSA’s safercar.gov recall site. McHale claims the sales freeze will be lifted by next week.
Most Subaru recall vehicles American-made
Most of the 3,000 vehicles involved in the Subaru brake recall – primarily the 2012 Legacies and 2012 Outbacks – were built at Subaru’s SIA plant in Lafayette, Ind. The 2012 Imprezas involved in the recall were built at a plant in Gunma Prefecture, Japan. The master cylinder part in question is common to all three vehicles and made by the same part supplier in the same batch. The identity of the supplier company has not been released by Subaru.
Dealers scramble to meet demand
March’s Japanese earthquake and tsunami continue to have a negative effect on the supply of automotive parts. As a result, the number of Subaru models in dealership inventory is already low. The new Subaru brake recall will only serve to increase the difficulty of meeting consumer demand.
“The dealers are frustrated,” said McHale.