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NHTSA 05-98
Monday, December 29 1997 Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550


Subaru of America, Inc.


Subaru Legacy Years: 1997

Number Involved: 19,730
Dates of Manufacture: June - August 1996
NHTSA Recall No.: 97V210
Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles.
Description of Defect: Insufficient clearance within the hazard warning light switch housing can cause a binding between the actuating button and the housing.
Consequence of Defect: The switch can stick in an intermediate position, resulting in the turn signals becoming inoperable.
Corrective Action: Dealers will install a new modified hazard warning switch.
Owner Notification: Owner notification is expected to begin Jan. 5, 1998.
Note: Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783.

NHTSA said it is publicizing the recalls to alert consumers about safety problems and encourages them to take action. Under federal law, safety problems must be remedied without cost to consumers. Currently, 70 percent of the owners of vehicles with safety problems have the recall work performed.

NHTSA said manufacturers are required to mail a recall notice to all purchasers, owners and dealers when a safety defect or noncompliance with federal safety standards is found. The agency urges owners to wait until they receive notification from the manufacturer before contacting their dealers to schedule the repair work. Not all vehicles of a particular make and model may be subject to the recall.