Subaru, Ford recall vehicles



DETROIT — Subaru is recalling more than 660,000 cars and SUVs because the brake lines can rust and leak fluid, and that can mean it will take longer to stop the vehicles. It’s the second recall for the same problem for half of them.

Affected are 2005-09 Legacy and Outback, 2008-14 Impreza and 2009-13 Forester.

It covers vehicles sold or registered in colder states, where salt is used to clear roads in the winter.

The company says in posts by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that salty water can splash onto the brake lines through a gap in the fuel tank protector, causing rust. If they leak fluid, it could take longer to stop and increase the risk of a crash.

Dealers will inspect the lines and replace them if leaks are found. They’ll also apply anti-corrosion wax.

About 274,000 Legacys and Outbacks were recalled for the same problem in March 2013. NHTSA says additional areas of the vehicles must be rust-proofed.

Ford, Lincoln

DETROIT — Ford is recalling 100,566 vehicles in North America for various safety defects.

The company on Tuesday announced the six separate recalls. No injuries have been reported.

The largest recall, of 92,022 vehicles, affects the 2013-14 Taurus, Lincoln MKS and Police Interceptor sedans, the Flex and Lincoln MKT crossovers, the 2012-14 Edge and 2014 Lincoln MKX. Ford says the right-hand halfshaft, which is part of the axle, might disengage over time, making the vehicles inoperable.

Ford is recalling 5,264 of its 2011-14 F59 commercial stripped chassis because corrosion could lead to a fire risk. It’s also recalling 2,124 of its 2014 Escape SUVs because their panoramic glass roofs might leak or fall out.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will repair the vehicles for free.