The 2012 Subaru Impreza is just now going on sale, but it's already facing its first major recall. According to a statement from Subaru of America, all 2012 Impreza models built through November 15 are being recalled to replace the brake master cylinder after a number of customers reportedly noted that their cars have "greater than normal" brake pedal travel. The automaker issued a formal statement saying:

While the brakes in the affected population remain operational, repairs involve replacement of the brake master cylinder to correct a potential brake pedal travel condition that is greater than usual.

Subaru's statement also cites that 2012 model year Legacy and Outback models built between October 17 and November 23 are also being recalled for the same problem. The exact number of affected cars has not been released at this time.

What's more, according to CarBuzz.com, Subaru issued a memo to its dealers on November 25 mandating a Stop Sale "effective immediately for 2012 Imprezas as well as certain 2012 Legacy and Outback units." In its official statement – available after the jump – Subaru does not officially confirm that these models are being grounded at its dealerships.
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Subaru of America, Inc. has initiated a voluntary safety recall to replace the brake master cylinder on MY2012 Legacy and Outback models produced between Oct 17, 2011 through Nov. 23, 2011 and 2012 Impreza models produced through November 15, 2011.

While the brakes in the affected population remain operational, repairs involve replacement of the brake master cylinder to correct a potential brake pedal travel condition that is greater than usual.

Owners with questions or concerns should contact their local dealer or Subaru Customer/Dealer Service (CDS) at 800-SUBARU-3 (800-782-2783).


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      John Howington
      • 3 Years Ago
      Props to Subaru for addressing this so quickly.
      donnapcc
      • 3 Years Ago
      I LOVE my Subarus!!! Have driven them since 1980 and have enjoyed all of them......especially the fact I have only owned 3 since they have such a long life and are dependable ...... Wonderful cars!
      Jared
      • 3 Years Ago
      Look at the master cylinders from the 2011 models, they are a bit larger than the 2012 models. But yes, kudos to them for taking care of this so quickly, that is indeed admirable.
        wrxfrk16
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jared
        Probably a result of the weight shavings they're trying to work into the new models. Or something for a possible turbo, like when they switched over to the short oil filters to stop them picking heat off the turbo plumbing.
      ckontheair
      • 3 Years Ago
      I bought a Subie in 2007. 10 days later hubby wanted one for himself, so that's what we got. He is convinced we are never going back! He is a Diesel Technician that has worked on all types of vehicles. Also, my inlaws have friends that work at the Subaru plant in Indiana, and they are very happy with their job.
      wrxfrk16
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is why I buy Subaru's. When one part, out of thousands of moving bits exposed to the worst nature and the DOT have to offer, proves defective; they don't hide it, or cover it up, or try and stick it to the customer, they fix the problem, correctly and promptly. The last time I had a warranty issue on mine, not only did they get it fixed in a couple of days, as opposed to my week and a half excursion involving my one and only Hyundai, they also went out of their way to loan me a new Tribeca while my Legacy was being serviced.
      Stephen
      • 3 Years Ago
      Suby's are still great cars; repairs on my 3.5 year old Subaru are exactly 0: cant say same for my 3 previous Hondas, my Chevy $$$$$$, my Dodge$$$$, or my Buick ($)
        wrxfrk16
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Stephen
        And when you do need something done, they actually fix it for you. My one and only Hyundai required some near literal toothpulling just to get a few pieces of interior trim replaced under warranty, Subaru on the other hand serviced my car fast, and gave me a Tribeca or Outback loaner every time.
      vaua70
      • 3 Years Ago
      Honda can learn from this all the problems I got my 08 Accord EX-L V6
      Mike
      • 3 Years Ago
      Before buying a car or a truck from a foreign company, think about this: Those foreign car companies that are building plants here in the USA pay American workers half of what workers from American car companies make. That's half the money to spend and half the tax revenue collected from wages! Also all the profits from these plants go right back to a foreign country except what goes into our politicians pockets. NOW TELL ME THIS IS GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY!!!!! No other country would allow foreign companies to take over their auto industry. That is exactly what is happening to the USA!!
        supersubvm
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mike
        Obviously you're a MORON Mike! I work at the Subaru facility in Indiana, and I make $26/hour! Plus- bonuses, vacation, FREE medical, dental, and vision insurance- including coverage for my family. YES- I said FREE- we pay NOTHING to have health care coverage-- NO OUT OF POCKET PREMIUM!! How's that compare to "all the American" factories? I have gotten a wage INCREASE EVERY year in the 22 years I've been woking there! And- I've NEVER had my wages CUT by a union, just to settle on a contract! Just curious- since you seem to know what EVERY auto manufacturer pays- how DO my wages and benefits compare to other auto factories? Oh, by the way- I get to keep ALL my money, without paying someone ELSE to "get me the best deal possible" when it's contract time! Where else can a high school graduate make 60K/year? The area's ONLY better paying job is at Purdue University, IF you happen to be a professional. Any answers for us? PLEASE enlighten the world on how BAD my life must be, and how bad the economy is around here, and how my 60K a year HURTS the economy!!
        efat53xyz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mike
        ok,, i see your point mike, we are supposed to pay workers twice as much then drive junk? i have bought my last GM POS,, i get real tired of replacing a tranny on a caddy with only 70,000 miles on it,, while my sister's toyota solara has 275,000 miles on it, and she has only had to pay for standard mantenance,,,
      glalli2
      • 3 Years Ago
      well if you are dumb enough to buy a subaru you deserve bad breaks
        gpaul2000
        • 3 Years Ago
        @glalli2
        And if you're dumb enough to misspell "brakes," you've probably mischaracterized Subaru.
      Dan R
      • 3 Years Ago
      Greater than normal for a Subaru? Damn, that's gotta be pedal travel through the firewall, haha.
        wrxfrk16
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan R
        Clever, though actually Subaru's are pretty good pedal wise, at least in my experience. My Forester's are a bit soft for my taste, but then it is a small SUV so it's not unexpected.
      Perry
      • 3 Years Ago
      We are currently driving 2 Subarus.......our 3rd and 4th. Very happy with each one........great vehicles and great service!
      nottenkamper
      • 3 Years Ago
      Went to Vermont and New Hampshire...rented a Outback, and it was great. Noticed many people had them there, so that is a good compliment on how well they operate. AWD is great, the gas mileage is great, the entire package, so hope this article doesn't deter anyone from buying one.
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