• Subaru has issued a recall and stop-sale order on 2012 Impreza, Legacy and Outback models
  • The only vehicles not included are Subaru's Forester and Tribeca SUVs
  • Subaru will inspect and replace the brake master cylinder on affected vehicles


Subaru dealers nationwide are down to just two models to sell after a recent recall and stop-sale order affected several of the automaker's current vehicles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, all 2012 Impreza, Legacy and Outback models are being recalled to fix a brake pedal fault that may lead to accidents.

The NHTSA says affected models are equipped with a faulty brake master cylinder, which could malfunction and increase the amount of brake pedal travel necessary to stop the vehicle. According to the government group, this could cause drivers to misjudge the amount of stopping power required, increasing the risk of a crash. So far in the US and Canada, Subaru has received 112 reports of the problem.

According to the automaker, the recall covers 20,406 Legacy and Outback models and a further 11,553 2012 Imprezas built between October 17 and November 23, though high-performance Impreza WRX and WRX STI models aren't affected. Subaru's compact Forester and midsize Tribeca SUVs are also not included in the recall.

In a letter sent to Subaru owners, the automaker cautions that drivers experiencing the issue "will initially encounter a soft pedal feel and may momentarily perceive a sense of loss in braking power while the pedal is being pressed lightly." The automaker further says the loss of braking power "will only continue until the pedal is pressed downward approximately 2 more inches. Effective braking function will be achieved at that point, making it possible to slow or stop the vehicle."

Subaru says the recall, which is expected to begin sometime this month, will involve dealerships inspecting and replacing the brake master cylinder in all affected vehicles. Subaru owners with questions are advised to call the automaker directly at 1-800-782-2783.


What it means to you:

In addition to a recall, Subaru has issued a stop-sale order on all affected models - so don't expect to buy a new one until it gets the fix.

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Jeffrey Archer is fortunate to have turned a passion for cars into a career. His wide-ranging automotive experience includes work for automakers and dealers in addition to covering the news. When not writing, he spends his time searching for unique cars on AutoTrader.com.

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