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Subaru auto defects involve driver-assist system

West Virginia drivers who have purchased certain Subaru vehicles are at risk of suffering injuries or of dying in a crash due to a problem with these vehicles. Subaru has decided to recall more than 70,000 vehicles as a result of the discovered auto defects. Specifically, the automobile's driver-assist system features an automatic pre-collision braking part that may fail.

The Subaru recall impacts particular vehicles from the model years of 2015 and 2016, including the 2015 Outback and Imprez as well as particular 2016 WRX models. These vehicles feature Subaru's Eyesight Driver Assist System. If a switch that is responsible for activating the vehicle's brake lights ends up failing, the automatic braking part of the system will cease to function. This means the problem vehicles will not react to obstacles in their paths.

So far, there have not been any reports of injuries or accidents stemming from this defect. According to the company, the brakes do work when a driver presses the pedal. In addition, motorists are not impacted by this issue if they do not have their automatic systems turned on. Subaru said it would reprogram the problem systems for free.

Auto defects can cause injuries that lead to hefty medical bills and prevent a person from being to earn a living for a time as well as lingering pain and suffering. They can also cause death if undetected, leaving the surviving family members with burial costs or even suffering due to the loss of support. Those who are impacted by vehicle defects have the right to seek to hold the vehicle manufacturer accountable in a West Virginia civil court.

Source:, "Subaru recalls 72,000 vehicles in US for possible auto brake failure", June 25, 2015

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