Subaru issue recall, and Hyundai Sonatas being investigated

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Hyundai Sonata

DETROIT — U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that the rear suspension frames can rust and fail on Hyundai Sonata midsize cars.

The probe affects about 393,000 cars from the 2006-08 model years. No recall has been issued yet.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has received six complaints of suspension failures, with three happening at highway speeds, according to documents posted on its Web site March 29.

The agency says rust in the frame can cause control arm failures. A car’s wheel hubs are attached to the control arms.

No crashes or injuries were reported. Hyundai said it is cooperating with NHTSA and will take necessary action to ensure its customers’ safety.

The agency says investigators will figure out if the problem warrants a recall. Hyundai spokesman Jim Trainor said that any customers with issues should take their cars to a Hyundai dealer.

Subaru Legacy, Outback

DETROIT — Subaru is recalling about 200,000 Legacy and Outback all-wheel-drive vehicles because the brake lines can rust and leak fluid.

The recall affects cars the 2005-09 model years sold in 20 states and Washington, D.C., where salt is used on roads in winter. The cars could have been resold in Southern states.

Subaru says in documents filed with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that salty water can cause the brake lines to rust and leak. If fluid leaks, it could take longer for cars to stop, increasing risk of a crash.

The problem was discovered in internal testing, and no crashes or injuries have been reported, Subaru said. It is recalling the cars as a precaution. Owners should take the cars to a Subaru dealer for inspection.


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