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Subaru Of America, Inc. Announces Voluntary Recall Of Certain 1995-1999 Subaru Legacy and Outback Models

Subaru Of America, Inc. Announces Voluntary Recall Of Certain 1995-1999 Subaru Legacy and Outback Models

    CHERRY HILL, N.J., July 19 Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA)
today announced a voluntary recall of certain 1995-1998 and a small number of
early production 1999 model year Legacy vehicles in "salt-belt" states to
address a possible front spring corrosion problem.  The campaign affects
approximately 180,000 vehicles, including Legacy Sedan, Legacy Wagon and
Legacy Outback models.  There have been no reported accidents or injuries
attributed to this problem.
    Due to improperly applied paint on supplier-sourced front springs,
continued exposure to salt may cause the springs to corrode and eventually
break.  If the broken spring end is not contained by the spring seat and it
comes into contact with the tire, possible severe tire damage could result.
In order to prevent the possibility of tire damage, Subaru will install a
front spring guard on both front struts and replace any broken springs.
    Affected salt belt states include:  Connecticut, Delaware, District of
Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts,
Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio,
Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
All registered owners of vehicles potentially affected by the voluntary recall
campaign will be notified via first class mail.  Repairs will be made at an
authorized Subaru dealer at no charge to owners.
    For additional information about Subaru of America, Inc. and Subaru
vehicles, visit the company's web site at http://www.Subaru.com.

    About Subaru of America, Inc.
    Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy
Industries Ltd. of Japan.  Subaru pioneered the concept of the passenger
car/sport-utility vehicle with the introduction of the Subaru Outback, the
"World's First Sport Utility Wagon(R)."  The Subaru Legacy (including Outback
models) is the best selling All-Wheel Drive car sold in America, based on the
Polk Company retail registration statistics as of 12/31/00.
    Headquartered near Philadelphia, the company markets and distributes
Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of 582 dealers across
the United States.  All Legacy and Outback models sold in the United States
are produced at the Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc. manufacturing plant near
Lafayette, Ind.  Over the past eight years, the company has achieved year-
over-year retail sales increases thanks to its popular line of car-based sport
utility vehicles, and is among the fastest growing brands in the automobile
industry.

    CONTACT:  Rob Moran, +1 856-488-3326, or rmoran@subaru.com, or Tom
Johnson, +1 856-488-3327, or tjohnson@subaru.com, both of Subaru of America.

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