Subaru’s EyeSight safety system is now prompting a recall involving 72,000 newer-model vehicles in the United States. The problem is that the automatic pre-collision braking part of the driver-assist system could fail, increasing the risk of a crash. However, drivers can still manually apply the brakes while driving.
The recall affects certain 2015 and 2016 model-year vehicles equipped with the Eyesight Driver Assist System. Specifically, they are 2015 models of the Impreza, Legacy, Outback and XV Crosstrek, and certain 2016 models of the WRX.
If the switch that activates the brake lights fails, the automatic pre-collision braking component of the driver-assist system will not function, causing the affected vehicle not to react to an obstacle in its path, according to NHTSA documents.
A Subaru spokesman says there are no reports of accidents or injuries relating to the issue. It’s also already incorporated a fix into vehicle production lines in the United States and Japan,
Subaru will notify drivers and reprogram the driver-assist system at no cost.
Report Receipt Date: JUN 12, 2015
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V366000
Component(s): EXTERIOR LIGHTING , FORWARD COLLISION AVOIDANCE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 72,000
Manufacturer: Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2015 Legacy vehicles manufactured March 10, 2014, to April 16, 2015, Outback vehicles manufactured February 24, 2014, to April 16, 2015, Impreza vehicles manufactured September 9, 2014, to April 14, 2015, XV Crosstrek vehicles manufactured October 16, 2014, to April 15, 2015, and 2016 WRX vehicles manufactured March 23, 2015, and equipped with the Eyesight Driver Assist System. If the switch that activates the brake lights fails, the automatic pre-collision braking component of the driver assist system will not function.
If the automatic pre-collision braking system does not function as intended, the vehicle will not react to an obstacle in its path, increasing the risk of a crash.
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the driver assist system, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru’s number for this recall is WQS-54.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.