Subarus in wrecks not under recall
June 4, 2016
Neither of the two Subarus that ended up on their tops in Carson Valley on subsequent Thursdays were models affected by a steering column recall.
According to the Nevada Highway Patrol, the Subaru that rolled over on Highway 395 near Waterloo Lane on Thursday was a 2006.
The wreck closed part of Highway 395 for an hour around lunchtime. At least one person was transported for medical treatment as a result.
It was the second wreck involving the four-wheel drive vehicle in Carson Valley in seven days.
On May 26, another 2006 model Subaru Outback landed in the Carson River.
According to the Nevada Department of Public Safety, the river wreck involved a recently purchased Subaru driven by Gardnerville resident Devon Wollard.
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The 19-year-old told investigators he fell asleep. The Subaru drove off the west side of Highway 88, missed the bridge and flew out over the river.
Wollard was wearing his seatbelts and was uninjured in the wreck that left his vehicle upside down in the river.
According to Subaru of America, some 2016 and 2017 Legacy and Outback vehicles may require a new steering column.
"An incorrect tool setting during the manufacturing process may have resulted in improper machining of one of the steering column shafts," the notice said. "If this condition exists, turning the steering wheel may have no effect on the direction of the wheels, increasing the risk of a crash."
Owners of new Subarus are being asked to stop driving the vehicle, and to contact the dealership where it was purchased. Those owners should have been notified by their dealer.
According to Subaru, any dealer should be able to perform the recall work.