Subaru recalled its Legacy sedan because of a rollaway risk.

Subaru is recalling 27,000 of its 2010-2014 Legacy sedans and Outback SUVs with manual transmissions. That's because the electronic parking brake may not engage as intended, which would allow a vehicle to roll away if it isn't left in gear when parked, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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The automaker says that components in the unit that control the parking brake can crack over time. If that happens, the warning light on the dash will illuminate and the parking brake may not engage.

A Subaru spokesman told CR that the automaker isn't aware of any crashes or injuries related to the problem.

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Vehicles affected: 27,175 Subaru sedans and SUVs built with manual transmissions:

  • 2010-2014 Legacy sedans built from Dec. 10, 2008, through May 19, 2014
  • 2010-2014 Outback SUVs built from March 16, 2009, through June 2, 2014

The problem: Two components in the control unit for the electronic parking brake may crack over time, Subaru says. If either develops a crack, the brake warning lamp will illuminate and the parking brake may not apply as intended.

The fix: Dealers will replace the electronic parking brake component assembly free of charge.

How to contact the manufacturer: The recall is scheduled to begin Nov. 7, 2018. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 844-373-6614. Subaru's number for this recall is WTV-81.

NHTSA campaign number: 18V626

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