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#Business : Subaru recalls 3,500 vehicles in Canada ( and 48500 vehicles in US ?) over possible loss of steering

Almost 3,500 new Subaru cars in Canada are being recalled over a potential steering issue that has prompted the company to tell U.S. owners not to drive the vehicles until they are inspected. 

The recall affects 2016 Subaru Legacy and Outback models.

"On certain vehicles, steering column components may not have been manufactured to specification and therefore may not engage correctly, which could result in a loss of steering control and increasing the risk of a crash causing injury and/or damage to property," Transport Canada said in a recall notice on its website. 

Transport Canada said dealers will inspect, and if necessary, replace the steering column.

Subaru warns 48,500 near-new cars could lose steering

Subaru ordered its dealers to stop selling two key models Thursday because of a defect that could result in the loss of steering.
The Japanese automaker says it is recalling 48,500 new and near new cars because drivers potentially could lose control if they have the defect. Of those, about 22,000 are in customer's hands, says spokesman Michael McHale.
The recall involves 2016 and 2017 Legacy and Outbacks, which now need to be checked by mechanics to see if they have the glitch that occurred during manufacturing.
The company told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the machining in the creation of the steering columns may not have been done properly because of an incorrect setting on the tool used to make them. The defective shafts may allow the steering wheel to rotate freely. Under that condition, Subaru says in the filing that drivers won't be able to steer the car. Having lost control, the car could crash.
The defect was discovered when the owner of a 2016 Outback had their vehicle towed to a dealership. 
(USA Today)

In the U.S., the company is recalling about 48,500 of the vehicles from the 2016 and 2017 model years, and it has told dealers to stop selling them until they are fixed. About 22,000 of the recalled U.S. vehicles have already been sold, and the rest are still on dealer lots.

Documents posted online Friday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told owners not to drive their vehicles if they are part of the recall. Owners are being told to have their cars towed to a Subaru dealership.

The U.S. documents say the problem was discovered May 3 when the owner of a 2016 Outback reported trouble. Subaru says there have been no crashes or injuries.
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