Motor vehicle owners in West Virginia may be affected by a recent recall of a handful of Subaru automobiles. Specifically, Subaru Outback vehicles from the 2019 model year are being recalled due to auto defects. Subaru’s Legacy, the Outback’s sedan cousin, is also part of the recent recall.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Subaru decided to recall more than 2,100 Legacy and Outback models. Both models feature the same type of skeleton, or structure, and are generated at the same facility. The problem with the skeleton is that it features defective spot welds in the duct area underneath the cowl panel.

Officials reported that the spot welds might have been applied improperly. Unfortunately, this impacts the structural integrity of the motor vehicles. Because the Legacy and Outback models’ welds have potentially been compromised, these automobiles might not offer the necessary safety conditions during an accident. The weaker vehicle structures might thus lead to injuries. Local dealerships can inspect the impacted Subaru models and will either fix the problem or buy the motor vehicles back.

Car manufacturers are expected to produce safe motor vehicles for their customers. Sadly, not all cars that make it to dealerships end up being safe to drive, due to auto defects. In addition, these auto defects sometimes are not caught until after a customer has already been injured as a result of them. Fortunately, if someone in West Virginia is hurt as a result of defective car parts, they have the right to seek damages in civil court. A judicial award of damages may help with covering hospital bills and other related losses.