Every Subaru owner should know that the company has recalled 50,000 cars for a serious steering problem. The issue is that the steering column can suddenly fail. That’s really bad.
Subaru wants people to know that if their car has been recalled, they shouldn’t drive it. At all. For any reason. Even to the dealer to have it fixed.
When the steering column fails, it happens without warning. Turning the steering wheel no longer controls the direction of the car, so crashing is a pretty sure thing. So far, no accidents from the issue have been reported. To keep it that way, Subaru is trying to spread the word fast.
Recalled vehicles are certain Outback and Legacy 2016 and 2017 models. According to CNN, the suspected culprit is that the steering columns weren’t machined properly. NHTSA recall documents show that Subarus built between February 29 and May 6, 2016 are the only ones affected by this problem.
The total number of Subarus recalled is as much as 53,000. CNN estimates about 30,000 of those are thankfully still on dealer lots. If you aren’t sure when your 2016 or 2017 Legacy or Outback was manufactured, contact Subaru to see if it’s safe to drive. The company says it is reaching out to owners, but it doesn’t hurt to double-check.