Subaru plans biggest-ever worldwide recall over brake lights

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Subaru Corp prepares to recall about 2.3 million vehicles worldwide due to a brake light problem, which is going to be the automaker’s biggest-ever recall as it deals with a range of issues with the quality after rapid expansion.

Japan’s automaker informed Reuters on Friday that it was going to recall almost 2 million of its Impreza and Forester models in the United States, and other nations, together with around 300,000 units in Japan to repair a fault with the brake light switch which can result in ignition issues.

Vehicles affected were manufactured from 2008 through 2017. If all of the identified vehicles ended up getting recalled, it would be the automaker’s biggest recall in terms of affected units, excluding the continued Takata airbag recall.

Since 2017, Subaru has been hearing about problems ranging from defective components to inspection re-dos which, together with weakening sales in the United States, has prompted the automaker to cut its full-year profit outlook to its weakest in six years.

In January, Subaru halted production at its only car factory in Japan for almost two weeks, holding up approximately 60 percent of its worldwide output after it found a problem in a power steering component.

Late last year, it declared a worldwide recall of its signature boxer engines because of an issue with its valve springs, while it has introduced a series of domestic recalls for re-inspections after it confessed to cheating on testing processes.

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