The American division of the Japanesse manufacturer Subaru is recalling certain model year Forester, Impreza and Saab branded but Subaru built 9-2X models for suspension related issues.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the hanging brackets for the front lower control arms are highly susceptible to corrosion and rust. Because of this, over time, these brackets can and will simply break, subsequently breaking the control arm and causing the vehicle to be unable to handle properly and this could lead to a crash, in the worst case scenario.
The recall affectes the models built between September 5, 2000 and November 26, 2007. Model year 2002 through 2007 Imprezas, 2003 through 2008 Foresters and 2005 through 2006 Saab 9-2Xs are being recalled. Potentially, 295,123 vehicles could be at risk but Subaru is looking at models originally sold in or registered currently in the states upper East Coast.
This recall will not affect the vehices that have lived states with hot weather and low humidity. This problem affects is due to the low tolerance to snow, salt and humidity, so Subaru will be recalling cars that have lived in certain states.
As normal, certified dealerships will fix the issue by either rust proofing or replacing the control arm hangers, free of charge to the drivers.