Subaru has announced a recall for brake line corrosion for certain Subaru models. Owner notification will begin on July 21, 2014 for involved vehicles.

We know you are concerned about the safety of your Subaru. If you would like us to perform a complimentary brake line inspection of your Subaru prior to the receiving the official recall notification, please schedule an appointment with our Service Department via our website or by calling us at 888-586-9181.

We'll update this page as more details become available. Thank you!

Subaru Recall Campaign Brake Line Corrosion WQK47

June 10, 2014

Subaru of America, Inc. has determined that a defect, which relates to motor vehicle safety, exists on the following affected vehicles. These vehicles may have been manufactured with brake lines that could, over time, corrode if exposed to salt. To address this condition, a recall campaign will be released within the next 60 days.

Affected Vehicles

Certain 2005-2009 model year Subaru Legacy and Outback vehicles, 2008-2011 model year Subaru Impreza (except WRX and STI) vehicles, 2008-2014 model year Subaru Impreza WRX and STI vehicles, and 2009-2013 Subaru Forester vehicles whose owners either currently reside in, or the vehicle has ever been registered in, at least one of the following "salt-belt" states or Washington, D.C.

Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, West Virginia, District of Columbia, Massachusetts, New York, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Missouri, Rhode Island.

Description of the Safety Defect

Depending on driving conditions, salt water could splash on the brake lines through a gap in the fuel tank protector, resulting in excessive corrosion of the brake lines.

Description of the Safety Hazard

Should a brake line corrode to the point of developing a perforation, brake fluid may leak from the line(s). Since the center and rear brake lines work independently of one another, braking will still be possible if either (but not both) of the systems fail. The driver will be alerted to a fault in the brake system via illumination of the brake system warning telltale lamp because the fluid level will drop in the system. However, failure of either the center or rear brake lines might cause the driver to misjudge the amount of brake pedal travel required to achieve the desired stopping distance.

Update July 10, 2014

Owner notification will begin on July 21, 2014.  In addition to notification by mail, vehicle owners with a valid email address and MySubaru subscribers will be notified electronically on July 21, 2014. 
Notification letters will be sent to owners of vehicles that are currently or were previously registered in at least one of the "salt-belt" states or the District of Columbia.
To ensure sufficient supply of materials and parts, and to accommodate appointment scheduling at the retailer level, a phased mailing schedule will be implemented as follows: 
- Owners of affected 2005-2009 Legacy and Outback vehicles will be notified to schedule an appointment with their Subaru retailer to have this repair performed.
- Owners of affected Forester, Impreza, WRX, and STI vehicles will be notified that their vehicle is affected by this recall, and that when sufficient materials and parts are available, they will be notified again.

- As sufficient materials and parts become available, owners of affected Forester, Impreza, WRX, and STI vehicles will receive a second notice asking them to schedule an appointment with their Subaru retailer to have this repair performed. This second notification process will be based on vehicle age and affected vehicle volumes.

Adventure Subaru

1991 Mentor Ave
Directions Painesville, OH 44077

  • Sales: 440 352-3700
  • Service: 440-210-5306
  • Parts: 440-210-5305


  • Monday 9:00am to 6:00pm
  • Tuesday 9:00am to 6:00pm
  • Wednesday 9:00am to 6:00pm
  • Thursday 9:00am to 6:00pm
  • Friday 9:00am to 6:00pm
  • Saturday 4th of July - Closed
  • Sunday Closed