You’re out on the road, cruising around town inside your brand new whip when wham! It happens: the car breaks down, seemingly out of nowhere. The first thing that goes through your mind is obvious. Why couldn’t it have happened during the test drive? Sometimes the unexpected happens, and there’s nothing we can do about it except keep looking for new information from the car manufacturer behind our new purchase. Recalls happen all the time, and sometimes it can be difficult to keep people aware of them. Here are a few common Subaru recalls and defects that may have gone unnoticed.
Subaru was yet another manufacturer affected by the massive Takata airbag recall that affected 34 million vehicles. Be sure to check and see if your vehicle is on the list. More than 8,000 Subaru Legacy Baja, and Outback vehicles from 2003 and 2004 might require new airbags.
A further 660,238 Subaru vehicles were recalled due to the possibility of corroded brake lines. This defect was present in the Subaru Impreza WRX STI, including models from 2008 until 2014. Although some cars might be fine, some Subaru Outback and Legacy models from 2005 until 2011 might have the same defect. Dealers are able to test for brake fluid leaks on site in order to ensure your vehicle is fit to be on the road.
A lemon might refer to any car that is owned for less than a year, or hasn’t been driven over 12,000 miles in that year. That vehicle might have a common defect that manufacturers know about, but you don’t. If that’s the case, then it’s not your fault. It isn’t the result of the driver’s negligence, and so the manufacturer is responsible for making the repair. If the repair doesn’t lead to a fully functional vehicle after a fair number of attempts, then you’re entitled to a refund.
A new U.S. program will explore options that could lead to a better information network for commonly recalled cars or parts. If your vehicle is a lemon, then perhaps yours will one day be a part of that network. Until then, we rely on vehicle histories and consumer word of mouth in order to make things right. Contact a law firm proficient in lemon law in order to make sure your vehicle isn’t part of a bigger problem that needs to be righted before someone gets hurt, and make sure you receive your fair share of any compensation that might result from the manufacturer’s error.