Subaru to Recall 410,000 Vehicles over Defective Engine Parts

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Tokyo, Nov. 1 (Jiji Press)--Major Japanese automaker Subaru Corp. <7270> said Thursday that it will recall 410,000 vehicles at home and abroad to replace defective engine valve springs.

In Japan, the recall affects some 100,000 units of four models, including the Impreza compact car. The recall program was reported to the transport ministry the same day.

Although the latest recall is unrelated to a series of scandals that have hit Subaru since autumn last year, including vehicle inspection irregularities, the company is likely to suffer another blow to its earnings, industry sources said.

The parts in question for air-intake and exhaust valves may cause an engine stall or nose.

Other domestic models subject to the recall are the Forester sport utility vehicle and the BRZ rear-wheel-drive coupe as well as the 86 coupe, the BRZ's sister model supplied to Toyota Motor Corp. <7203>.

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