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Recall: Subaru Forester, Impreza and Saab 9-2X—corrosion of suspension component

Consumer Reports News: September 12, 2011 11:08 AM

Subaru is recalling 295,123 2002 to 2007 Impreza, 2003 to 2008 Forester, and 2005 to 2006 Saab 9-2X vehicles due to corrosion, which could cause the front lower control arm in affected vehicles to break.

The control arm could break at the hanger bracket if the bracket is exposed to salty and humid road environments, such as roadways covered in snow-melting agents. A broken control arm can cause a driver to lose control of the vehicle and increases the risk of a crash.

Affected vehicles were sold in or are currently registered in the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnisota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. Affected vehicles were manufactured between Sept. 5, 2000 and Nov. 26, 2007.

Subaru dealers will inspect for corrosion and either rustproof or replace the front lower control arms for free, depending on how much corrosion damage has already occurred.

Vehicle owners can call Subaru at 800-782-2783, or The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit Safercar.gov.

Maggie Shader

   

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