The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has issued a national recall notice for more than 40,000 Subaru vehicles manufactured between 2010 and 2014.
Suspected faults with the electronic parking brake (EPB) systems of Subaru’s Liberty and Outback models are the focus of the recall. If the EPB circuit board fractures, the vehicle’s warning light comes on and the brakes cannot be released or applied.
Drivers that are unable to apply their brakes could sustain significant injuries or die if the fault occurs while they are on the road. Defective brakes also pose serious risks to passengers and other road users.
“Affected owners will be contacted by mail to present their vehicle to their preferred Subaru dealer for the rectification work to be carried out free of charge,” the ACCC recall notice stated.
The Subaru situation comes hot on the heels of the compulsory recall of motor vehicles fitted with Takata airbags, which has been ongoing since February this year.
Takata airbags are responsible for 24 reported deaths and more than 300 injuries worldwide, according to Product Safety Australia. At least one person has died due to a misdeploying Takata airbag in the country.
However, the Subaru recall appears to be a pre-emptive measure, with no reports of EPB failings leading to injuries.
“Subaru Australia is conducting this recall campaign to ensure the affected vehicles maintain compliance with the Australian Design Rules for motor vehicles,” the manufacturer confirmed on its website.
Vehicle owners who wish to contact a dealership to return their car can visit the Subaru website.
Australian consumers can pursue liability claims if they are injured by a faulty product, provided they are able to show the manufacturer or supplier was negligent.
A successful claim may result in an award of damages for lost income, medical expenses, out-of-pocket costs and non-economic losses, including pain and suffering.
Proving negligence can be difficult, however, particularly in circumstances where an organisation has voluntarily recalled a product after identifying design faults, which is the case with the Subaru EPB systems. Nevertheless, anyone who suffers injuries due to a defective product should contact an expert liability claims lawyer to discuss whether or not they may be eligible for compensation.
The team at Gerard Malouf & Partners Compensation, Medical Negligence & Will Dispute Lawyers have decades of experience handling personal injury cases in Australia, so please get in touch today for a free consultation.