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Subaru Announces 2nd Voluntary Recall Of Legacy

28 May 1998

Subaru 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.