Subaru cars, Honda motorcycles recalled for brake problems

Two automakers recently issued vehicle recalls for problems with vehicle brakes. The latest recall involves motorcycles as well as cars. Subaru of America is recalling nearly 32,000 Legacy, Outback and Impreza models from the 2010 model year. The recall does not involve the WRX/STI models of the Impreza. Honda Motor Co. is recalling 126,000 GL-1800 motorcycles from the 2001-2012 model years.

Honda reports the problem with the motorcycles involves a secondary brake master cylinder, which can cause the rear brake to drag. This could result in a crash or fire. Honda has filed 26 reported complaints with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about the problems, including 2 fires. Honda says the problem has not resulted in any crashes or injuries, although one driver had to put out a fire with an extinguisher. Honda says the defect will only affect about 4 percent of the recalled vehicles.

The Subaru recall involves a defective brake master cylinder that may cause the brake pedal to travel farther than expected. This could cause drivers to miscalculate the amount of pressure needed to apply to the brake to stop effectively and in a timely manner. Subaru says no crashes or injuries have been reported as a result of this defect. The company has received 112 reports documenting this problem. Because the problem involves a new year model, Subaru says only 3,000 of the affected vehicles were sold; the rest are still at dealerships or shipping to dealers.

Customers with affected vehicles should take them to a dealership for inspection. Any parts found to be defective will be replaced.