GLOBAL RECALL: Subaru has recalled about 72 000 of its 2015 model-year products - including the Outback (above) - to fix a potential brake-failure problem. Image: Subaru
DETROIT, Michigan - Subaru is recalling 2015 model-year vehicles to fix a software problem that could cause the automatic brakes to fail.
The recall covers about 72 000 Outback, Legacy, Impreza and XV Crosstrek models equipped with the company's Eyesight Driver Assist system.
'ASSIST' THAT MIGHT NOT
If a switch that turns on the brake lights fails than the automatic brakes won't work and the car won't react to an obstacle. Subaru says in documents posted by US safety regulators that the problem can increase the risk of a crash.
The problem was discovered in the development of new vehicles. Subaru says it could take too long for the car to tell the driver that the assist system shouldn't be used.
Dealers will reprogram the system for free. No dates have been scheduled to notify owners.
• South African owners can rest easy - the Eyesight system is not offered in South Africa. Drive safe!