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2014-07-04 07:07

SUBARU FORESTER: The brand's well-known SUV is up for a recall to sort out corroding brake lines. Image: Subaru

TOKYO, Japan - Subaru is recalling about 1.18-million vehicles worldwide to repair a possible defect in the brake lines - but it's a fault unlikely to affect South Africa.

Affected are the 2005-09 Legacy and Outback, 2008-14 Impreza and 2009-13 Forester. For about half the vehicles, it's the second recall for the same problem.

The Japanese automaker said on Friday (July 4 2014) that salt used to melt snow on roads could corrode the brake lines and make the brakes less effective.

660 000 IN US

Parent company Fuji Heavy Industries had no reports of crashes or injuries related to the issue.

The recall covers the Legacy sedan, the Impreza compact, the Outback wagon and the Forester sports utility vehicle, Kawahara said. The affected vehicles include about 660 000 in the US, 52 000 in Germany, 250 000 in other European countries and 150 000 in China.

Dealers will replace the lines if needed and apply anti-corrosion wax.

Subaru SA later confirmed that the recall did not affect South Africa.
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