A serious safety issue – as in losing the ability to steer while driving – is prompting a Subaru recall along with a stop-sale order as of May 9th. The problem impacts 2016-2017 Legacy and Outback models. Subaru warns drivers to keep theirs in the garage until they can have the steering checked at a dealership.
The automaker says a steering related defect can cause a partial to complete loss of steering. A defective part could cause the steering wheel to rotate freely, leading the driver to lose control of the vehicle. You can read the NHTSA recall document here.
The automaker says a 2016 Outback owner reported the issue on May 3rd. It inspected the car’s steering column, found a problem and took action.
A total of 48,500 vehicles are marked for recall in the U.S. alone. The recall covers all Legacy and Outback models made from February 29th through May 6th. Subaru says no crashes or injuries are related to the issue.
Dealerships will check the recalled vehicles for an incorrectly installed steering column. They’ll replace it if a problem if they find it has the defect.