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March 29, 1999

NHTSA 20-99
Contact: Tim Hurd
Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru Legacy Years: 1998-1999
Subaru Forester Years: 1998-1999
Number Involved: 221,987
Dates of Manufacture: April 1997 - March 1999
Defect: On certain passenger and sport utility vehicles equipped with anti-lock braking system, in extremely cold weather, the brake master cylinder seals can fail. If this occurs, the brake pedal can go to the floor during application, increasing the brake stopping distance.

Remedy: Dealers will replace the brake master cylinder. Owner notification is expected to begin during April 1999. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783.

[NHTSA Recall No. 99V40]