Automakers Subaru and Toyota Motor Corp. are recalling more than 400,000 vehicles because of a valve spring problem that could stall engines and heighten the risk of accidents. The Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 sport coupes are powered by the Subaru 2.0-liter engine which has the engine defect.
The recall is due to springs in the engine valve that could fracture and cause the vehicle to stall, the carmakers said on Thursday.
A Subaru spokesman did not say how many vehicles were being recalled in the USA, according to MarketWatch. Toyota's recall includes the 86 and the FR-S sports auto. Most of the vehicles were manufactured between January 17, 2012, through June 6, 2013 and all powered by the FB20 2.0-liter Boxer naturally aspirated engine.
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Subaru and Toyota are recalling 165,000 cars in the U.S.
Around 80,000 of the vehicles are Toyota, and the rest are Subaru.
The company said it would contact affected USA owners by mail starting in December.
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On Oct. 23, Subaru cut its group net profit estimate for the first half ended September to ¥49 billion ($434 million) from ¥79.1 billion, citing costs related to "quality". About 101,000 of the recalled cars were sold in Japan, MarketWatch reports.
Subaru makes the BRZ, FR-S and GT86, which all share an engine with the Forester and the Impreza.
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