Subaru is recalling 5,379 2013 Outback and Legacy vehicles in the U.S. due to a problem that could cause loss of steering.
Subaru first discovered the problem in a vehicle at its Indiana factory. Afterward, a customer complained to Subaru about loss of steering control.
The loss of steering is caused by disengagement of steering shafts in the vehicles. An inner and outer shaft comprise the steering shaft and have become separated in the recalled vehicles.
"The splined shafts are intended to be a tight press fit. Subaru found that the press fit was insufficient to maintain contact between the inner and outer shafts. This insufficient contact could allow the shafts to become disengaged from one another. In this case, the driver would lose the ability to steer the vehicle and a crash could occur," a report posted on the agency's website states.
According to a document filed on May 13 with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Subaru should begin notifying owners within 30 days. Dealers are already being notified.
Among vehicles that may be affected, Subaru will replace the steering columns. Subaru will also bring cars to the dealership for those who feel uncomfortable waiting for the repair to be completed.
Subaru recalled earlier versions of the Legacy and Outback back in April. The closely related vehicles were recalled for a possible brake problem. In addition, the company recalled around 50,000 CrossTrek XV wagons due to a problem with starting the vehicles.
Those who want to get ahold of Subaru can contact the company at (800) 782 2783 and use the recall campaign number WQI-45. Drivers can also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327 4236 or online at www.safercar.gov.