Friday, May 13, 2016

Subaru recalls more than 48,000 vehicles with steering problems.

The New York Times (5/12, Jensen, Subscription Publication, 14.18M) reports that “Subaru is recalling about 48,500 2015-17 Outback and 2016-17 Legacy models because the steering may fail.” The automaker told federal regulators that “turning the steering wheel may have no effect on the direction of the wheels.” According the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Subaru’s investigation began on May 3 after receiving notice of “an issue” with the steering. No accidents or injuries have been reported. Subaru spokesman Michael McHale said 22,000 of the vehicles were sold.

        USA Today (5/12, 6.31M) reports that “the recall involves 2016 and 2017 Legacy and Outbacks, which now need to be checked by mechanics to see if they have the glitch that occurred during manufacturing.” Subaru told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that “the machining in the creation of the steering columns may not have been done properly because of an incorrect setting on the tool used to make them.” 

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