Subaru estimates 2,500 New England cars affected by steering problems

The automaker announced the steering columns in some vehicles can fail.

Subaru announced Friday it is recalling roughly 52,000 Legacy and Outback vehicles from the 2016 and 2017 model years because the vehicles’ steering columns can fail.
Subaru announced Friday it is recalling roughly 52,000 Legacy and Outback vehicles from the 2016 and 2017 model years because the vehicles’ steering columns can fail. –Getty Images

A spokesperson for Subaru told Boston.com that an estimated 2,500 Subaru vehicles in the New England region may be affected by a recall on Legacy and Outback models.

Subaru announced Friday it is recalling roughly 52,000 Legacy and Outback vehicles from the 2016 and 2017 model years because the vehicles’ steering columns can fail. About 22,000 were sold from U.S. dealer lots.

New England makes up roughly 12 percent of Subaru’s U.S. sales market, according to the spokesperson.

Subaru advised vehicle owners to contact their local retailer who will arrange for an inspection of their vehicle. If the steering column was not properly installed it will be replaced starting in mid-May.

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The Japanese automaker informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the problematic steering columns may have been improperly manufactured by a parts supplier.

The issue may prevent the column from engaging with the rest of the steering system, which could cause the steering wheel to “rotate freely’’ and cause the driver to lose the ability to steer.

So far no crashes or injuries have been reported due to the issue.

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