Subaru issues recall, warns owners to stop driving now

Posted at 2:59 PM, May 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-13 17:03:42-04

NEW YORK -- Subaru is warning some owners of its cars to stop driving them immediately due to a steering failure risk.

The automaker is recalling some Legacy and Outback cars, from model years 2016 and 2017, and it doesn't even want owners to drive the affected vehicles to a shop be repaired.

Instead they should contact the dealer and a technician will be sent to inspect the car wherever it is. The issue isn't with the power steering, but with the steering column itself, which can fail.

The good news is there are relatively few cars in the recall -- 53,000 cars in total, with 30,000 of them still on dealer lots waiting to be sold.

The only cars affected have been built since February 29 of this year, so older cars, even in those model years, will not be included in the recall. The Outback is Subaru's best-selling U.S. model.

Subaru is not aware of any accidents or injuries tied to the problem. An owner reported problems with the steering on May 3 and had it towed to the dealership. The problem was identified on May 5, and the recall began Friday.