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Subaru recalls cars with EyeSight active safety

A software update can restore confidence in this system

Last updated: June 27, 2015 11:00 AM

EyeSight
The camera-based system can be seen mounted above the rearview mirror.

Subaru has issued a stop-sale and recall on 2015 models equipped with the EyeSight active safety system. This action includes the Impreza, Legacy, Outback, and XV Crosstrek, as well as the 2016 WRX. Owners of these models will be sent a notice by the end of June, but dealers are already equipped to remedy the problem.

According to the report submitted to National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA), this recall affects about 72,000 vehicles. The recall addresses a brake light switch that can interfere with the software that triggers the automatic braking, potentially causing the automatic braking to not function as intended. There are no reported injuries due to this risk.

EyeSight is a camera-based safety suite that can automatically bring the vehicle to a stop in emergency situations from speeds below 30 mph. According to Subaru, EyeSight customers have been receptive to EyeSight and the system has about a 30-percent penetration rate.

If you are one of the Subaru EyeSight owners, you’ve chosen wisely. The system brings peace of mind and works as intended, as we have experienced. Owners are encouraged to head to the dealer at their earliest convenience and have this recall work performed. The recall campaign number is WQS-54. The software update process should take about an hour.

Check for recalls on your car.

—Gabe Shenhar and Seung Min “Mel” Yu


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