Subaru to Recall Over One Million VehiclesMarch 26, 2019
In 2018, the Subaru Impreza was named the safest car, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Subaru Outback was ranked in second place. Recently, however, the automaker shared plans to recall 1.3 million vehicles in the United States.
In certain Subaru cars and SUVs, the brake light failed to illuminate, even though the brakes were working. The car company plans to reach out to owners of the affected vehicles and replace the faulty brake lamp switch at no charge to the consumer.
The voluntary recall of the Subaru vehicles includes the following models:
- 2008 to 2016 Impreza cars
- 2013 to 2017 Crosstrek
- 2014 to 2016 Forester SUVs
The Subaru Brake Light Issue
According to Consumer Reports, the problem with the brake light is caused by lubricants, or some other type of cleaning products, that are being applied near the brake pedal. Specifically, when consumers use products that contain silicone, it seeps into the brake lamp switch, leaving a layer of product on the switch contact.
This can cause the switch to lose conductivity to the terminal, which can prevent the brake lights from illuminating properly. To date, there have been 20 incidents in connection with this problem.
The voluntary recall will be followed by a formal recall announcement. All of the car owners affected will be contacted by Subaru within 60 days.
Common Defects That Lead to Safety Recalls
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the following are other safety defects that can result in product recalls:
- Defective airbag deployment systems
- Accelerator mechanisms that freeze or do not otherwise function properly
- Defective tires
- Steering defects that can cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle
- Fuel leaks that can cause serious fire hazards
- Defective seat belts or child restraints
- Problems with the onboard electronic systems
If you purchased a vehicle that has a defective part which caused you to be injured in a car accident, the manufacturer should be held financially liable for any property damage or injuries you may have suffered.
A skilled Baltimore car accident lawyer can recommend the best legal course of action and help you file a personal injury claim. In order to reach a successful settlement, you will need to provide your lawyer with as much information about your vehicle and the accident as possible, so that they can seek the maximum compensation.
This should include the date and purchase price of your car, detailed records of any repairs and maintenance you had done, as well as police reports, medical records, and a record of all expenses related to the accident.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Protect the Rights of All Types of Car Accident Victims
If you or someone you know have been injured in a car accident involving a vehicle that has been recalled, do not hesitate to contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. We will determine who is responsible for the defective part and ensure that you receive the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. We will continue to fight for you until we have your complete satisfaction. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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