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NHTSA 80-98
Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Subaru of America, Inc.


Subaru Legacy Years: 1996 - 1997
Subaru Outback Years: 1996 - 1997

Number Involved: 29,442
Dates of Manufacture: June - September 1996
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V091
Vehicle Description:
Description of Defect: Due to improper welding, fractures can occur on the support bracket of the front transverse link. Such fractures can result in partial or complete separation of the bracket causing a failure of the lower suspension mounting, leading to a loss of vehicle control.
Remedy: Dealers will inspect and replace, if necessary, the front suspension support brackets.
Owner Notification: Owner notification began during late May 1998. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783.

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.