The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently announced that the automaker Subaru plans to recall nearly 5,400 2013 Outback and Legacy models. The recalled vehicles were manufactured between February 15 and June 15, 2012.
According to Subaru, the reason for the recall, which started May 14, is potential steering failure. In a report posted on the NHTSA website, Subaru said the inner and outer shafts of the steering column assembly could lose contact with one another, in which case “the driver would lose the ability to steer the vehicle.”
Subaru Spokesman Michael McHale told The New York Times car blog “Wheels” via email that the company is not aware of any accidents to date because of the defect.
Subaru said it first learned of a possible problem last June, when the issue was discovered on a vehicle still at the assembly plant. Once the issue was discovered, the company stopped selling and shipping vehicles until they were all inspected and, if necessary, repaired.
In February, the automaker received a complaint from an owner about losing steering. After an investigation, Subaru concluded “that the visual inspection conducted in June 2012 may not have been effective.” At this point, it decided on a recall to replace the steering column.