Consumer Reports recently announced that Japanese auto maker Subaru has recalled 69,590 of its 2011 Outback and Legacy models due to a sunroof defect. According to this recall report, the sunroof glass can loosen or totally detach from the vehicle. If this sunroof glass detachment occurs during driving, the flying debris in the roadway could pose a serious hazard to other motorists, contributing greatly to the chances of a crash.
Consumer Reports goes on to explain that the models of these vehicles affected by this voluntary recall were produced between August 3, 2010 and July 1, 2011. The reason for this recall is due to improper assembly, the consumer product safety source explains. According to the article, the sunroof glass may loosen or detach entirely due to the “amount and position of the adhesive between the glass,” as well as the fact that the retainer may be inadequately applied.
Consumer Reports explains in this article that the auto manufacturer began notifying affected owners of these vehicles in October. The article goes on to explain that Subaru dealers will “inspect the glass adhesion condition and either apply more adhesive or replace the glass for free.”
However, this was not the only recall the Japanese automaker announced this September. Autoblog explains that just before the company’s sun roof recall, the company recalled 195,080 Outback and Legacy models manufactured between January 7, 2010 and May 20, 2011 for windshield wiper issues.
The automotive news website explains that this recall was initiated because “faulty components inside the wiper motor’s bottom cover could overheat.” The recall report goes on to explain that if the bottom of the motor cover overheats, the windshield wipers may fail to work properly, leading to decreased visibility for the driver and an increased risk of crash.
The automotive news website further explains that Subaru is expected to notify owners of the affected models about the windshield wiper issue by the end of this month. Subaru dealers will make all the necessary repairs to the vehicles for these individuals, free of charge.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a defective sunroof or windshield wipers in one of the affected Subaru models, contact Newsome Law Firm and fill out a case evaluation form today. Our team of attorneys has experience specific to complications associated with automobile recalls. Not only can they give you the legal guidance you need, they can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Loveday, Eric. (September 12, 2011) “Subaru recalls 2010-2011 Legacy, Outback for windshield wiper issue.” Retrieved on November 7, 2011 from Autoblog.
Shader, Maggie. (September 15, 2011) “More than 69,000 Subaru vehicles recalled for bad sunroofs.” Retrieved on November 7, 2011 from Consumer Reports.