Subaru has already had to recall its 2020 Outback and 2020 Legacy over problems with the cars’ brake pedal. According to news reports, the issue is with a bolt that mounts the brake pedal to the rest of the car. It either is not tight enough to secure the pedal or is missing altogether, recall information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states.
Subaru caught the defect quickly and is fixing it at no cost to consumers, which is what the law requires automakers to do when there is a defect. The brake defect affects about 3,500 cars, 2,862 Outbacks and 605 Legacy sedans. This could become a serious safety issue. If your brake pedal is not working properly, it could affect your ability to stop the vehicle and increase the risk of a collision.
Details of the Recall
The affected Outback models were built between July 30, 2019, and Aug. 29, 2020. The Legacy models were manufactured between July 31, 2019 and Aug. 26, 2019. The problem was likely a defective bolt feeder at the factory where the cars were produced. Both the Outback and Legacy underwent significant changes for the 2020 model year. Both transitioned over to the Subaru Global Platform, considered the next generation of Subaru vehicles. The automaker also incorporated additional tech including larger 11.6-inch touchscreens.
Subaru plans to notify affected customers via snail mail and email beginning Oct. 1. If your vehicle is affected by this recall, be sure to take your car to a dealership for a thorough inspection. If there is an issue with your brake pedal, a technician will either fix or replace it. You can also determine if your vehicle is included in the recall by entering your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on either the NHTSA’s recall page or Subaru’s own recall page. Since both cars are among the latest models, vehicles in dealerships could still have these problems. So, it would be best to check if you are affected.
Auto Product Liability Issues
A brake defect is a serious safety defect. When a vehicle’s brakes fail to work as intended, it could cause a serious accident resulting in catastrophic injuries or even fatalities. If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a vehicle defect, you may be able to seek compensation for medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, permanent injuries, rehabilitation, and pain and suffering. An experienced auto defect lawyer will be able to advise victims regarding their legal rights and options in such cases.