Subaru is recalling certain Crosstrek, Forester and Ascent SUVs, Impreza hatchbacks and sedans because they can suddenly lose power while driving, which could potentially result in a crash. According to Consumer Reports, a faulty engine part could allow oil to enter places it should not. Pieces of the part could also separate and cause damage to other engine components.
Details of the Recall
According to Subaru, the faulty positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) valve may allow engine oil to enter the combustion chamber. Parts of the valve may also separate and enter the engine. The PCV valve is an emissions device that keeps pollutants created by an engine from being released into the atmosphere.
This defect could cause the engine to suddenly lose power. If this occurs, drivers would notice an increased amount of tailpipe exhaust, potentially bluish or grayish color. When the recall begins Jan. 24, Subaru dealers will inspect the recalled vehicles and replace the faulty parts or the entire engine at no cost. Subaru has not said if there were any car accidents or injuries as a result of this defect. Owners can call Subaru customer service at 844-373-6614 for more information.
Auto Product Liability Issues
When a vehicle stops without warning when the driver is operating it, there is the potential for a serious crash. The occupants of the stalling vehicle also risk serious injury or death if they are struck by other vehicles that are unable to stop in time to avoid a collision. When vehicles are stranded in the middle of the roadway, they are also at risk of getting hit by impaired, distracted or otherwise negligent drivers. If your vehicle becomes stalled on the roadway, it is important that you get off the roadway soon, turn on your headlights so other vehicles can see you and call for help right away.
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a defective vehicle or a faulty auto part, please remember that you have legal rights. Injured victims of defective autos can seek compensation for their injuries, damages and losses by filing an auto product liability claim against the manufacturer of the vehicle and/or the part. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. A knowledgeable auto defect attorney will be able to advise victims and their families regarding their legal rights and options.