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Here's why nearly 80,000 Subaru cars are being recalled in Australia

Helena Pantsis

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Here's why nearly 80,000 Subaru cars are being recalled in Australia

Terrible news for owners of Subarus in Australia as approximately 80,000 cars are currently being recalled due to faulty electronic brakes.

At present, 78,617 vehicles from a range of popular Subaru models manufactured between the years 2015 and 2019 have been affected by the malfunction

The problem stems from a defective wire within the electric parking brakes, with the brake thus refusing to hold, and consequently causing parked cars to roll.

Not only can this cause damage to one’s car and surroundings, but also might be deadly to people and animals around the faulty vehicle.

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications said: “Due to a manufacturing issue, the Electronic Park Brake (EPB) adaptor cord connector may not operate as intended.

"This could result in the vehicle moving or rolling away whilst the vehicle is engaged in the park position.”

“If the vehicle moves from its parked position while unattended, it may increase the risk of an accident causing injury or death to vehicle occupants and/or other road users.”

Which models are affected?

The following vehicles sold between 2015 and 2018: Liberty sedans, Outback wagons, Levorg wagons, and WRX sedans, as well as the following made in 2017 to 2019: Impreza models and XV models have all been impacted by the recall.

Subaru Australia has stated they will reach out to owners of the aforementioned vehicles in writing, requesting that they make an appointment as soon as possible for repair.

The brake correction is estimated to take no longer than 30 minutes.

If you’re affected by this recall, you can book your car in for a free fix at any authorised Subaru Service Centre across Australia.

Alternatively, owners can contact Subaru Australia's Customer Relations Team on 1800 22 66 43 to assist with booking, or else email [email protected] or visit https://www.subaru.com.au/recall.

Featured Image Credit: Björn Wylezich / Alamy Stock Photo

Topics: Australia

Helena Pantsis
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