Subaru Announces 2nd Voluntary Recall Of Legacy
28 May 1998Subaru Announces Voluntary Recall Of 1997-1998 Legacy Vehicles; Possible Automatic Transmission Shift Lever/Linkage Problem
CHERRY HILL, N.J., May 28 -- Subaru of America, Inc. today announced a voluntary recall campaign on its 1997/1998 model year Legacy vehicles. The campaign involves a defective automatic transmission shift lever/linkage on 1997/1998 Legacy models manufactured between May 9 through August 28, 1997. Defect cases have included stuck ignition keys, broken shift levers/linkages and improper movement of shift levers. The number of vehicles potentially affected is 19,386, although it is unknown how many vehicles actually contain the defect. Subaru has received few customer complaints, but no accidents as a result of this situation. All registered owners of vehicles affected by the voluntary recall have been notified by first class mail. They have been asked to return their vehicles to a Subaru dealer for an inspection and replacement of the automatic shift lever assembly. Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered near Philadelphia, the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of nearly 610 franchised dealers across the United States. All Legacy models sold in the U.S., including the Outback and Sport Utility Sedan, are produced at the company's American manufacturing plant, Subaru-Isuzu Automotive, Inc., near Lafayette, Ind. In 1998, Subaru celebrates 30 years in the U.S. market, having sold over three million vehicles.