Subaru announced that it will send a notification to all dealers regarding the recall of 72,000 vehicles across the United States.
It seems that the Eyesight Driver Assist System is bugged and the software needs to be reinstalled. The automatic braking is the component that is most at risk. In the case of on the road fail, drivers risk severe accidents.
Safety regulations in the U.S. urge that all Subaru vehicles found to have the faulty Eyesight Driver Assist System be recalled to prevent collisions and deaths.
The announcement made by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and supported by Subaru targets 2015 and 2016 vehicles as follows:
- Legacy Sedan manufactured between March 10th and April 16th 2015,
- Outback Wagons manufactured between February 24th, 2014 and April 16th, 2015,
- Impreza Sedan as well as Hatchbacks manufactured between September 9th, 2014 and April 14th, 2015,
- 2015 XV Crosstrek manufactured between October 16th, 2014 and April 15th, 2015,
- 2016 WRX Sedan manufactured after March 23rd, 2015.
All Subaru vehicle models listed above feature the Eyesight Driver Assist System.
While no incidents related to the malfunctioning of the Eyesight Driver Assist System were reported thus far, the issue might become a real threat in traffic.
The switch activating the vehicle’s brake lights is failing which leads to the pre-collision automatic braking to stop functioning. This means that the vehicle will fail to react to any obstacle it meets in the way.
Under the circumstances that the automatic braking system is not activated, the 72,000 vehicles do not present any issues or threat to the drivers.
It is unclear whether the Eyesight Driver Assist System is faulty just with the U.S. models or other markets have been affected too. The reprogramming of the software has been announced however for both U.S. and Japanese Subaru production lines.
Subaru announced that the fix for the Eyesight Driver Assist System comes at no cost to Subaru vehicle owners. The notification period for the recall is expected to last 60 days after dealers across the U.S. have been notified on June 4th.
More information of the Subaru recall of 72,000 U.S. registered vehicles can be found on the governmental website www.safecar.org.
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