Subaru Recalls 2010-2014 Outback, Legacy With Failing Parking Brake; Issues Extended Warranty

Vehicles with manual transmissions will be replace while those with automatic transmissions get extended warranties

Subaru Recalls 2010-2014 Outback, Legacy With Failing Parking Brake; Issues Extended Warranty
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October 8, 2018

Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2010-2014 Subaru Legacy and Outback vehicles equipped with a manual transmission. The electronic parking brake (EPB) may not engage as intended, allowing the vehicle to roll away if the transmission is not in the proper gear when parked. Vehicles with automatic transmissions also have the affected part, but will receive extended warranties at a later date.

What's the problem?

In more than 27,000 vehicles, a capacitor on the circuit board and/or the actuator stroke sensor magnetic ring, located in the control unit of electronic parking brake (EPB), may crack with use over time. If either component develops a crack, the brake telltale warning lamp illuminates, and the EPB may not apply.

If the transmission shift lever is not in the recommended gear when the vehicle is parked and the EPB does not engage, the vehicle may roll away, increasing the risk of a crash.

A new part was developed with more durable capacitor material. The manufacturing process of the circuit board and actuator stroke sensor magnetic ring was improved and tighter control measures for moisture content of the resin hub during production were implemented.

What happens next?

Subaru will notify owners and dealers will replace the EPB actuator assembly free of charge.

Extended warranty details for vehicles with automatic transmissions have not yet been announced.

The recall is scheduled to begin November 7, 2018. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at (844) 373-6614. Subaru's number for this recall is WTV-81.