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Subaru Legacy/Outback Recall (USA)

Posted by Subaru of Niagara

Sep 4, 2015 12:51:11 PM


Customer safety is our number one concern and priority at Subaru, and that’s why we strive to bring you the latest news when it comes to our vehicles, and the possibility that some of them may need to be recalled from time to time.

Subaru is recalling almost 2,900 Subaru Legacy and Outback crossover vehicles from the 2015 and 2016 model  years. In recent testing, there has been some concern about reports that some of these vehicles may be at risk for overheating or catching fire.

While this recall has not yet affected Canadian vehicles, Subaru sent a notice to it’s American dealers stating:  "During the manufacturing process of the propeller shaft that connects to the vehicle’s transmission, the seal cap and seal located inside the propeller shaft yoke may have been deformed. As a result, the seal may leak transmission fluid." If a fluid such as this were to leak onto a hot surface, such as an exhaust pipe, it could potentially ignite a fire.

The recall affects the Legacy and the Outback crossovers that were manufactured between July 3, 2015 and July 27, 2015, which is about 2,900 vehicles.

As we noted, this recall has not extended to Canada yet, but we like to make you aware of these things. Subaru has started to mail recall notices to the owners of these vehicles, and owners will be able to take their vehicles to a Subaru dealer, who will replace the propeller shaft at no charge.

Keep an eye on our blog here for updates and news regarding this recall, and if it will eventually affect Canada (which we hope it won’t)!

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Topics: Safety, Vehicle Safety, Vehicle Maintenance, 2015 outback, 2015 legacy, recall, 2016 Legacy, 2016 outback

EyeSight Technology Continues to Impress

Posted by Subaru of Niagara

Apr 16, 2015 5:00:00 PM


We’ve talked about our Subaru EyeSight technology before, and we’re going to again right now. Australian researcher, Canstar Blue, has given Subaru an innovation excellence award for EyeSight.

This new-generation safety system is being recognized all over the world, and this is just the latest in awards and recognition for the Subaru-patented technology.

Stereo cameras mounted at the top of the windshield, capture real-time images of the road ahead. This is a great asset to the driver who, as you know, is prone to miss things on the road or cars breaking up ahead of them. These cameras help the car and driver react to these unfortunate situations and help prevent accidents and impact damage to your vehicle. Need we mention that it is also helping reduce insurance premiums?

Occupant safety has and will always be a top priority for Subaru, and since EyeSight technology was released in 2012, Subaru has taken home awards and high scores from the IIHS here in North America, and even scored a perfect 6-point rating in Front Crash Prevention (FCP) tests.

With driver distraction being one of the main causes for accidents on the road, Megan Doyle, Canstar Blue’s General Manager, said: “Subaru’s EyeSight could help prevent some of the needless collisions that occur on our roads every day. Subaru has created what is essentially an extra pair of eyes, alerting a driver to potential collisions and helping to mitigate the consequences of them. We applaud Subaru for its innovation and dedication to improving the safety of both road-users and pedestrians.”

If you want to see this technology in action for yourself, all you have to do is stop by Subaru of Niagara, and we will do the rest for you! We cant wait to see you!

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Keeping You Safe in the Winter Months

Posted by Subaru of Niagara

Feb 4, 2015 3:00:00 PM


Residents of the Niagara Region are well aware of the uniquely accustomed weather known to the Region, especially for presenting a unpredictable winter season!

February has already presented us with more than 40 centimeters of powder in just over a day and a half. For those of you who were lucky enough to stay inside, it was for the better, as the Region worked diligently to clear the roads as fast as possible, however it was difficult to keep up with the snow-to-plow ratios.

 Driving conditions were not ideal in the last few days, with little to no visible lines on highways and side roads experiencing snow drifts up to 3 feet tall due to high wind conditions. However those brave enough to bear the cold in a top rated Subaru had the reassurance that they were able to make it to their destination safely. It’s more than just having winter tires on your vehicle in a Southern Ontario winter to ensure that you and your passengers are truly safe and comfortable with unexpected conditions.

 The unplanned weather conditions of the Region can can be frightening, especially when your presence is needed somewhere else. Thankfully features such as Subaru’s advanced safety features, and especially Subaru patent Symmetrical All-wheel drive,  as well as recognition from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recognize all Subaru’s in their Top Safety Picks for safety performance. These features ensure safety through ice and snow that may not be visible to the eye, when the wheels experience issues with traction.

Niagara’s unique weather conditions allow it to be the region that we call home, setting it apart from other regions within Ontario. Owning a Subaru ensures safety when weather is unpredictable and changes frequently. Stay safe, and bundle up… Spring roads are right around the corner!

Book a service appointment with us today and make sure your vehicle is in prime-shape for the rest of the winter! You never know what the weather Gods are going to throw at us again.

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Topics: Winter Driving, Safety, Safe Driving, Vehicle Safety, Vehicle Maintenance

Stay Safe This Winter!

Posted by Subaru of Niagara

Nov 18, 2014 5:00:00 PM


The first snow has fallen here in Southern Ontario, and we want to make sure that you are safe on the roads this winter. We all know that any sort of extra work in the winter is no fun, but a little extra work in regards to your vehicle will keep you safe and comfortable on the road. There are a few myths about winter vehicle maintenance, and we are here to help you debunk some of them, and help you get your vehicle prepared for winter.

Claim: All-Season/ All-Terrain tires are just as effective in the winter as winter tires

The fact is that winter tires weren’t just created to drive sales and raise profits. They were developed because regular and even all season tires are not built to handle the winter as well as winter tires were. Regular tires are not designed to have as much traction as winter tires are designed with. Yes, this includes cars operating with AWD (All Wheel Drive) or 4WD. The big issue with driving in the winter is all about traction, and winter tires feature specially developed rubber and tread patterns that were developed and designed specifically with snow in mind. On the reverse side, cold weather makes regular tires stiffen out and actually lose traction, while winter tires are built to remain flexibility and retain the highest levels of traction possible.

Claim: Cars with AWD don’t need winter tires

It’s easy to fall under the assumption that AWD enabled cars are built to combat the need for winter tires, but the reality is that winter tires actually enhance your AWD driving experience. AWD systems provide optimized power transmission delivery, but don’t help much in terms of steering and braking situations. AWD is a feature made to improve performance, not safety. The Technology behind the AWD feature is engineered to help a vehicle accelerate, however it does not help a vehicle steer or stop in a shorter distance. That’s where store tires come in. The distance in which your car stops all come to how much traction and grip your tires have and this is why winter tires are made. Winter tires do not compete with AWD technology, but make your AWD experience in the winter that much better.

Claim: “There’s no point in keeping my car clean during the winter. It’ll get dirty again and its a waste of money”

Maintaining a clean car in the winter is a challenge compared to other parts of the year. Especially in Ontario, where snow falls for more than 3 months. However keeping a clean car comes with its benefits. Car care protects our cars, ensuring that they last longer and preserves a higher resale value. Ensuring that built up ice and dirt is removed also keeps you safer. You would hate for a piece of ice or snow to interfere with your vision of the road while you’re driving. Also the elements that make our cars appear dirty, actually eat away at a car’s metal parts, which in turn can compromise safety.

For more expert advice on facing the harsh realities of the winter roads, and ensuring the best and safest travels, come into Subaru of Niagara today.

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Topics: Winter Driving, Safety, Safe Driving, Vehicle Maintenance, Symmetrical AWD, tires

Winter Isn't Too Far Away!

Posted by Subaru of Niagara

Sep 2, 2014 5:00:00 PM


The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a worse-than-usual winter this year. They are calling for frigid and wet conditions, and temperatures much colder than last year. Whether you take much stock in the Almanac or not, there are some things you can do to get your Subaru ready for winter driving.

Check Your Anti-Freeze

The car’s coolant system is extremely important in the winter months.  Make sure your coolant system is flushed before the first freeze, and also check the coolant system for leaks.  Be sure to put fresh coolant in as well.

Use Your Garage

If you have a garage, use it! A garage or sheltered area protects not only the paint of your car, but is also a guard against your fluids freezing. if you do not have a garage or carport, you may want to invest in a car cover. While this won’t protect you against freezing fluids, it will protect your paint and windshield.

Check Your Heating System

Be sure that your heater system is working correctly, and nothing is leaking. Make sure the blower works and most importantly, make sure the window defroster is operating.

Windshield Wipers

Check your wipers for cracks or tears in the rubber. If they are worn down, replace them.  Also it is beneficial to change to the wiper fluid that contains anti-freeze.

Snow Tires

In the Canadian winter, snow tires are a great investment. You want to ensure traction when driving on icy or wet roads, and by investing in snow tires, it is just one more step in keeping everybody safe on the road.

Emergency Kit

In the worst case scenario, you may need an emergency roadside kit (including flares, flashlight, an batteries. It also helps to keep an extra warm blanket and some water and snacks somewhere in the car. Ideally, you will never use any of these - but it is better to be safe than sorry.

We are still a few months away from this weather, but it never hurts to get a head start on Mother Nature. Come into Subaru of Niagara and get your vehicle all ready to go for the winter ahead!

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Topics: Winter Driving, Safety, Safe Driving, Subaru of Niagara

Subaru Awards: Who is the IIHS?

Posted by Devin Kaulback

Aug 26, 2014 11:00:00 AM


At Subaru of Niagara, we love talking up the safety of our cars and SUVs. We do it with good reason, too – we keep winning awards for it. With the 2015 Outback and Legacy joining the ranks, Subaru is the only manufacturer to receive top ratings for all models for the past five years (2010 – 2014). The awards that Subaru earns are not given by just any organization though; one of those bodies is the IIHS, the biggest name in road safety testing in North America!

More than 50 years of research

The  Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a not-for profit, USA based organization that is dedicated to reducing the losses, both human and monetary, resulting from accidents on the road. The organization was founded in 1959 by three major insurance associations that represent 80% of the US auto insurance market. Since the late 1960s, the Institute has functioned as an independent, science based research organization dedicated to finding and developing a multitude of options for reducing loss related to automobiles. It focuses on human, vehicle, and physical environment factors that affect highway safety across the USA and through its research has helped steadily lower road fatalities over the past 40 years through improvements in vehicle safety as well as to driver behaviour and roadway design.*

Research and design influence

The IIHS acquires its vehicle safety data through its own Vehicle Research Centre. The VRC has been open since 1992 and, through strenuous and constantly evolving crash tests, has encouraged manufacturers to develop safer and safer vehicles. The organization's research has led to developments in crash avoidance technology like the EyeSight® system with automatic braking technology and the multi-angle rearview cameras that you’ll find in a variety of older models, as well as standard on new 2015 Subarus!

You can visit the IIHS to read up on the test results of all Subaru vehicles, and see how we’ve dominated the TOP SAFETY PICKs categories throughout the past decade.

Check out this video of the small overlap crash test for the 2015 Legacy from the Institute:

At Subaru of Niagara we take the safety of you and your family seriously. To experience the safety, capability and fun of driving a Subaru, visit us today!

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2015 Subaru Outback and Legacy receive IIHS Top Safety Pick+ ratings

Posted by Devin Kaulback

Aug 21, 2014 10:51:33 AM


The great thing about Subaru cars and SUVs is the fact that we get to spread great news about them all the time. It seems like every time we release a new vehicle it is followed up with by a surge of information about new features, technology and achievements. We’ve spent the past few weeks showing off our excitement about the new Legacy and Outback, both of which were released earlier this summer, and now we get the chance to tell you more great news about them!

In keeping with the Subaru tradition of putting the safest possible vehicles on the road, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has awarded the 2015 Outback and Legacy  TOP SAFETY PICK+ (TSP+) ratings, joining the same rank occupied by the 2014 versions, as well as the 2014 Forester. These honours add to Subaru’s record of the most 2014 TOP SAFETY PICKs (TSP), which was officially achieved with the BRZ earlier this summer, as well as our achievement in being the only manufacturer to earn TSP ratings for all models for five years running!

Superior protection

In order to qualify as a TSP, vehicles must earn acceptable or good ratings in small overlap protection (where 25% of the vehicle’s front end strikes another vehicle or rigid barrier like a tree or utility pole) as well as good ratings in moderate overlap, front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. To earn a TSP+ rating, the car has to achieve those ratings as well as basic, advanced or superior ratings in front crash prevention.

Helping to propel the Legacy and Outback to their superior front end crash prevention ratings is the optional EyeSight technology, which completely stopped the vehicle in the Institute’s 12 and 25 mph front crash avoidance tests.

Improvements over last year

Even though the 2014 Legacy was also an IIHS TSP+ winner, we weren’t satisfied with just an “acceptable” rating in small overlap front prevention. So, we improved it with better structural performance and improved restraint and injury reduction measures, increasing the rating to “good.”

At Subaru of Niagara, we take the safety of you and your family serious. We’re proud to provide the safest vehicles on the road for 5 years running and can’t wait to see what Subaru does next! To check out the safety, smooth handling and awesome driving experience of any of our vehicles, stop by today!

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2014 Subaru BRZ awarded IIHS Top Safety Pick

Posted by Devin Kaulback

Jul 31, 2014 9:36:45 AM


Continuing the tradition of designing incredibly safe vehicles for your family, we’re thrilled to announce the Subaru has received yet another TOP SAFETY PICK (TSP) awarded from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for the 2014 BRZ.

The 2014 Subaru BRZ earned the TOP SAFETY PICK designation for its acceptable performance in small overlap crash tests. To test this quality in vehicles, the IIHS propels the vehicle at 40 mph into a rigid barrier that strikes 25% of the car’s front end.  The test recreates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle strikes an object such as a utility pole or other vehicle. The IIHS has been performing this test since 2012 but this is the first time the BRZ has been rated. This small overlap crash test is unique as it bypasses the car’s front-end crush zones, making it more difficult for it to manage the energy resulting from the collision. Often in these types of collisions, the occupant compartment can collapse, increasing the risk of injury to the driver and passengers.

The IIHS also performs moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests on vehicles. To qualify as a TOP SAFETY PICK, vehicles must earn good or acceptable ratings in the small overlap test as well as a good rating in the other four tests; the BRZ earned a good rating in each.

The BRZ’s award marks the seventh vehicle Subaru produces that has earned 2014 safety awards – four TOP SAFETY PICK and three TOP SAFETY PICK+ (TSP+) awards. As a result, we now have the most 2014 IIHS TSPs of any vehicle brand.

The 2014 BRZ joins the ranks of this year’s Impreza, XV Crosstrek, and 2015 WRX STi in the TSPs category. Subaru has earned TSP+ awards for the Legacy, Outback and Forester with optional EyeSight technology.

We also hit another milestone with this award – Subaru is now the only manufacturer to have TSPs for every model for the past five years.  The continual rewards for our cars is evidence of the importance placed on keeping our drivers safe and confident on the road. 

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Topics: subaru, Safety, Forester, Legacy, WRX STI, Outback, BRZ

Subaru Safety Exclusive: Child Seat Safety

Posted by Devin Kaulback

May 23, 2014 4:56:15 PM


What's more important than the safety of your family? Nothing. As we have said before, you are all family to us here at Subaru of Niagara. Subaru vehicles go through extensive crash testing scenarios to ensure our vehicles' safety but some things are out of our control. The safety and well being of your children is something every parent is constantly thinking about. You've already made the right choice by putting your family in a Subaru, but making sure that car seats are installed correctly is one small thing you can do to ensure your children's safety. 


Proper installation

Want to take part in a class to learn how to properly install use child seats? The Niagara Region is always running seminars  to teach parents and caregivers how to safely install and use their own child car seats. Check out this website to see dates, times and locations. Local fire and police stations will also give a helping hand to properly install child car seats. 


Securing the safety seat

Always make sure the seat is installed tightly. Use your body weight to tighten and fasten the seat belt. There shouldn't be more than 2.5 cm or movement where the seat belt of the Universal Anchorage System strap goes through the car seat. Every time you put your child in the seat, give it a tug to make sure it is still nice and tight.

Forward-facing car seats

The tether strap for a forward-facing car seat is a must-use. You'll find the tether strap on the rear of the car seat and has a hook. The hook is meant to attach the strap to the tether anchor that you'll find in your Subaru. Make sure the tether is only secured to the anchor point in the vehicle as specified in your owner's manual.

Rear-facing car seats

Most car seats have a recline position that must be used when being used in the rear-facing position for an infant (up to 9 kg or 20 lbs). If you need to, for rear-facing seats, use a tightly rolled towel or a pool noodle under the base of the car seat to adjust the angle to 45 degrees.

Buckle up

Seat belts and car seats, when used correctly, are the most effective tools in preventing injuries and deaths in car crashes. If car seats straps are too loose, they will not work properly to protect your child if a crash occurs. It is critical to follow the instructions that are provided with your child's car seat to make sure you are using the right seat for your child's age, height and weight. Most experts recommend that your infant be in a rear-facing car seat until they are at least 20 lbs (9 kg). Always buckle your children in away from air bags to prevent serious injury as well. 

Securing your child in the harness

When you put your child in the seat, make sure the harness straps lie flat with no more that one finger space between the harness and your child's collarbone (for rear-facing seats) or chest (for forward-facing seats). Make sure the harness straps are flat without any twists or folds. The same goes for the chest clip on the harness, it should be flat against your child's chest and be positioned at armpit level.


Families love Subaru because of our Top Safety Ratings, and we want to keep that secure feeling going! Transport Canada's Web site is a valuable source of information — from pertinent research and statistics, to tips for buying the most appropriate car seat and related advice on keeping kids safe while in your vehicle. Click here for more information.


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Stay Safe in your Subaru when Heavy Rain Hits

Posted by Alex Digenis

May 22, 2014 1:38:00 PM


Spring is well underway and that means spring showers are hammering Niagara. You may not realize it, but spring and summer's sudden downpours can be just as dangerous as the icy winter roads it feels like only just melted away. So next time the rain starts coming down hard, keep some of these driving tips in mind to stay safe in your Subaru:


Slow down! 

The first rule of driving in the rain is to slow down. Drive at a speed you feel comfortable at, given the weather conditions. By slowing down, you will have more time to react if another car loses control in front of you. And in case you need to slow down even more, take your foot off the accelerator, avoid using your brakes.


Watch the water

Hydroplaning can be one of the more dangerous occurrences in heavy rain. This is when your vehicle is actually on top of the water and no contact with the ground. When this happens, you lose or significantly reduce your traction, so try not to make any sudden motions. Just keep calm, take your foot off the gas and keep driving straight.

When you come to a large puddle, try not to drive straight through it if you can help it. It is better to drive around or turn around and try another route. When there is a big puddle, it isn't easy to tell just how deep it really is, and driving through could end with hitting a deep pothole or splashing water into your Subaru's electrical system. This goes for running water as well. If there is water running across the road, ir could be deeper than you expect or more forceful. Don't risk you vehicle being pushed around or swept up in a current.

And if you do drive through water, tap the brake pedal lightly to help dry your rotors after.


Keep your distance

When it's raining, you need to brake earlier and with less pressure than you would in dry weather. That means you need more stopping distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. This will also help the drive behind you know that you're slowing down or stopping with a bit of extra time. As a rule of thumb, keep more than 3 seconds of distance between you and the car you are following when the weather is bad.

And with large trucks or buses, try to avoid passing them at all. The spray from their tires can make it extremely difficult to see, so if you absolutely have to pass them, make it as quick and safe as possible.


Maintain visibility

With rain comes dark clouds, so turn on your headlights to help you see better and to help others see you. But avoid your high beams, the extra light will just bounce off the rain, being more distracting for you, and blinding for others.

And if the rain causes your windshield to fog up, turn on your window defrosters immediately. Switch on the AC so the fog clears as quickly as possible.

Of course, if the rain is coming down so hard that you can't see anything, find a safe place to pull over and wait it out. Make sure your hazard lights are on so others can see you at the side of the road.


At Subaru of Niagara, we promise you safety, but we can't control the weather. Use our driving tips to stay safe, and let your Subaru take care of the rest.


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