Subaru of America said it will conduct a voluntary recall of about 285,000 front-wheel-drive vehicles to check for possible rear-suspension corrosion.
The models affected include the 1980 through 1984 Subaru front-wheel-drive sedan, hatchback and hardtop models as well as 1985 and 1986 front-wheel-drive hatchbacks.The company said that in areas where a large amount of road salt is used to aid snow and ice removal, the rear suspension of these vehicles may be subject to corrosion.
"Continuous exposure to these extreme conditions could result in rear suspension damage which could affect the operation and control of the vehicle," the company said in a statement.
All owners of the affected vehicles are being notified by mail and asked to bring their cars to an authorized Subaru dealer. At no cost to the owner, the suspension will be inspected and rust-proofed or replaced if necessary, the company added.