DETROIT -- Subaru said late Tuesday that it has recalled about 170,000 vehicles in many northern and Midwest U.S. states, the so-called "salt belt" region, due to possible rusting of the rear suspension.
The automaker, a unit of Japan's Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., said that the rear suspension components could rust after several years of exposure to road salts, used to clear ice during the winter. The corrosion could cause the subframe to break, which if it occurred during operation of the vehicle, could result in loss of control.
The recall covers some of the Legacy, Outback and Baja vehicles from the 2000 to 2003 model years. The recall includes vehicles sold in or currently registered in 22 states and the District of Columbia.
The company said it knew of no accidents resulting from the rusting.