Almost 80,000 Subaru cars recalled over possibly deadly brake defect

Car brand Subaru has issued a recall on a range of popular models due to faulty electronic brakes.

Almost 80,000 are affected by the recall including Liberty sedans, Outback wagons, Levorg wagons, and WRX sedans made between 2015 and 2018.

Impreza models and XV models made between 2017 and 2019 have also been affected.

Due to a manufacturing issue, the Electronic Park Brake (EPB) adaptor cord connector may not operate as intended.

"This could result in the vehicle moving or rolling away whilst the vehicle is engaged in the park position," the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications said.

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A range of Subaru models were impacted by the recall. Source: Getty

If the vehicle moves from its parked position while unattended, "it may increase the risk of an accident causing injury or death to vehicle occupants and/or other road users".

Subaru drivers to get free repair

Owners of these vehicles can book in for a free repair at any authorised Subaru Service Centre Australia-wide.

Affected owners will also be contacted by Subaru Australia in writing with a request to have the car repaired.

Those affected can find their closest repair centre on the Subaru Australia website by entering their postcode and selecting "Service" from the "Department".

Alternatively, owners can contact Subaru Australia’s Customer Relations Team for assistance.

On Wednesday, almost 14,000 Holden cars recalled over a possibly deadly defect.

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications said 13,898 Holden ZB Commodores were affected.

And in June, Kia issued an urgent recall on more than 31,000 SUVs.

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