Japanese carmaker Subaru to recall 2.3 million vehicles globally

The comparatively tiny Japanese automaker is facing a series of quality assurance related issues over rapid expansion in the U.S.

In a significant development, Japan’s Subaru Corp stated it plans on recalling nearly 2.3 million vehicles globally over an issue with brake lights. This will be the automaker’s biggest-ever recall as it struggles with a series of quality-related issues.

Subaru, Japan’s 6th biggest carmaker stated it was recalling nearly 2 million of its Impreza and Forester models in the United States, its biggest market, as well as in other countries. It is also recalling 300,000 of these models in Japan.

The recall is aimed at fixing a fault with the brake light switch which can potentially lead to ignition problems.

Impreza and Forester models produced between 2008 through 2017 are affected.

Subaru has struggled with quality related issues as it strove to make rapid expansion moves in the U.S. which it managed to win over affluent and liberal-minded consumers.

The branding exercise boosted its image and prompting the tiny automaker to ramp up production in the United States, which accounts for nearly 60% of its global sales volume.

Earlier this year in January, it had to halt production at its only car factory in Japan for 2 weeks after inspectors found defects in a power steering component. The defect held up around 60% of its global output.

In 2018, Subaru had announced a global recall of its signature boxer engines over an issue with its valve springs. It had also launched a series of domestic recalls for re-inspections after admitting to cheating on testing processes.


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