Subaru recalls 3,500 vehicles in Canada over possible loss of steering

Subaru said it is recalling thousands of new Legacy and Outback models over a steering issue.

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In U.S., owners of affected Subarus have been told not to drive their vehicles until inspected

Almost 3,500 new Subaru cars in Canada are being recalled over a potential steering issue that has prompted the company to tell U.S. owners not to drive the vehicles until they are inspected.

The recall affects 2016 Subaru Legacy and Outback models.

“On certain vehicles, steering column components may not have been manufactured to specification and therefore may not engage correctly, which could result in a loss of steering control and increasing the risk of a crash causing injury and/or damage to property,” Transport Canada said in a recall notice on its website.

Transport Canada said dealers will inspect, and if necessary, replace the steering column.

In the U.S., the company is recalling about 48,500 of the vehicles from the 2016 and 2017 model years, and it has told dealers to stop selling them until they are fixed. About 22,000 of the recalled U.S. vehicles have already been sold, and the rest are still on dealer lots.

Documents posted online Friday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told owners not to drive their vehicles if they are part of the recall. Owners are being told to have their cars towed to a Subaru dealership.

The U.S. documents say the problem was discovered May 3 when the owner of a 2016 Outback reported trouble. Subaru says there have been no crashes or injuries.

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