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Subaru recalling 200,000 cars

Brake line repairs, if needed, will be free to owners of Legacy and Outback all-wheel-drive vehicles.

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Brake line repairs, if needed, will be free to owners of Legacy and Outback all-wheel-drive vehicles.

DETROIT — Subaru is recalling about 200,000 Legacy and Outback all-wheel-drive vehicles because the brake lines can rust and leak fluid.

The recall affects cars from the 2005 through 2009 model years sold in Massachusetts and 19 other states and Washington, D.C., where salt is used to clear roads in the winter.

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Subaru says that salty water can cause the brake lines to rust. If fluid leaks, it could take longer for drivers to stop the cars.

The problem was discovered in internal testing and no related crashes or injuries have been reported, Subaru spokesman Michael McHale said. Subaru is recalling the cars as a precaution. Ownersshould take them to a Subaru dealer for inspection, he said.

The cars also were sold or are registered in Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Subaru says it is still totaling the number of vehicles affected. The company sold more than 400,000 Legacy and Outback vehicles during the affected years, according to Ward’s AutoInfoBank. But McHale said Subaru estimates that 200,000 are covered by the recall.

If leaks are found, the brake lines will be replaced. If there are none, mechanics will apply an anti-corrosion wax. All the work will be done at no cost to owners.

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