400,000 sports cars to be recalled by Subaru and Toyota

400,000 sports cars to be recalled by Subaru and Toyota

An engine defect has prompted a global recall for over 400,000 vehicles sold by Subaru and Toyota.

Toyota told Consumer Reports in an email that engine valve springs may fracture, which may cause an abnormal noise or engine malfunction in the affected cars. In the U.S., Toyota is recalling around 25,000, 2012 Scion FR-S models.

The other affected models in Japan were the Forester sport utility vehicle, the BRZ sports auto and the 86 sports coupe, which is manufactured by Subaru for Toyota Motor Corp.

According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Toyota said its vehicles account for around 80,000 of the total.

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".

Individuals believed to be impacted by these recalls should begin receiving additional information in the mail starting in December. These are Subaru BRZ coupes, Legacy sedans, Outback SUVs, Forester SUVs as well as Impreza sedans and XV crossovers equipped with the FA20 engine or FB20 engine.

A Subaru spokesman told CR that there is a low risk of the engine problem occurring and that the automaker is recalling "the entire population of vehicles that could possibly be affected out of an abundance of caution". Of the Subaru vehicles, about 100,000 were sold in Japan.

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