Subaru recalls 400,000 cars, rust issues

Subaru is recalling more than 400,000 vehicles, including Impreza, Forester, Legacy and Outback models sold or registered in 20 states to replace potentially rusty brackets on the underside of the vehicles.

The recall covers the 2002-2007 Impreza and 2003-2008 Forester because of front lower control arms broken at hanger brackets due to corrosion caused by road salt.

The second recall covers 195,000 2010-2011 Legacy and Outback to replace the windshield wiper bottom cover, which could catch fire or stop working.

Subaru said it received a complaint of smoke from a wiper motor in January and began an investigation. Owners will be notified by November.

Dealers will inspect the front lower control arms and will rust-proof them or replace them with new ones. Owners will be notified by early November.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had opened an investigation into the issue in April after receiving seven complaints, including two failures on the highway at high speeds.

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