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Owners of Subaru Outback and Legacy vehicles in West Virginia may be impacted by a recent auto recall involving these vehicles. In particular, vehicles from the model years of 2017 and 2016 are said to have auto defects. Thus, these cars might not be safe for people to drive.

More than 48,000 crossovers and sedans were recalled because of a problem with their steering systems. According to Subaru, the steering column might not have been created to specification, so a shaft in it might not have been properly machined. Thus, when a driver turns the steering wheel, it might not have any effect on the wheels’ direction, thus increasing his or her chances of getting into a vehicle collision.

Because of the defect, the recalled vehicles have been deemed unsafe to drive. Subaru has urged the owners of these vehicles to contact their dealers right away. Owners may even have their vehicles towed to their dealerships for free because of the risk involved, and then the steering columns will be placed, if necessary, at no cost to the vehicle owners.

Unfortunately, the vehicles that people in West Virginia purchase sometimes feature auto defects that may end up causing injuries or even death. In these situations, those who are injured have the right to file product liability claims against the makers of the cars, seeking damages. Likewise, the surviving loved ones of the deceased victims may file wrongful death claims. If liability is established to the civil court’s satisfaction, then claims for damages will be determined.

Source: autoweek.com, “Subaru recalls 48500 2016 and 2017 Legacy and Outback models urges owners to cease driving at once“, May 16, 2016