2013 Subaru Impreza brakes NHTSA complaints: Service Brakes

NHTSA — Service Brakes Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,495 miles

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2013 Subaru Impreza brakes problems

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2013 Subaru Impreza Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 102016


  • 50,000 miles


On two occasions of a rear end collision on dry pavement, while trying to avoid collision and applying the brakes extremely hard, I felt like the vehicle should have come to a complete stop. Instead the vehicle didn't stop but slid into vehicle ahead of me. I know it sounds like I'm blaming the car for my accident but I have had cars stop on a dime. This car did not stop on a dime. I had the brakes applied hard enough that it should have stopped instead it continued to move forward hitting the car in front of me. Both incidences occurred during stop and go traffic under the speed of 10-15mph. I felt like the car just continued to move sliding into the other car while on dry pavement.

- Dracut, MA, USA

problem #4

Feb 282015


  • 8,777 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Subaru Impreza. The contact stated that while driving at 70 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and the vehicle vibrated uncontrollably. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 8,777.

- Morgantown , WV, USA

problem #3

Dec 032013


  • 7,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 subara Impreza. The contact was driving 30 mph, the contact stated that the brakes failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where master cylinder was replaced however the failure recurred. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 7,000.

- Carmel, NY, USA

problem #2

Dec 112013

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 13,700 miles
Brake failure at low speed coming to stop at traffic light, traction control light came on, brake light came on and check engine light on. Returned to dealer to repair. Dealer took 2 days to repair. At witch it lasted till today(12/30/2013). The same thing has happened again. Very scary you wonder if the car is reliable and always afraid to travel now. Have grandchildren and cannot trust this car. I hope someone can help. Have to return to dealer (again) to have them look at it (again). Wonder if they know how to fix it.

- Mentor-On-Lake, OH, USA

problem #1

Oct 232013

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 8,000 miles
In an outside parking lot with parking blocks started the car and moved forward toward and over the parking block at starting speed. The car leaped forward and lost braking power, with the brake pedal going to the floor. Car leaped ahead across the asphalt road to next parking row on gravel with driver turning right, to avoid a pole and standing cars ahead, and non-accelerating steady-speed movement continued over several parking blocks on gravel without ability for the driver to stop using brake pedal. The car could not be stopped, with brakes dropping, even when back on asphalt road. Movement only stopped when shift put in parking position. In total the braking power was lost for at least 5 seconds. The trigger for evidenced brake disfunction was low-speed front-wheel collision with the concrete below-bumper parking block, or pressing the brake pedal when going over the block, or a combination of these and possibly other factors. Dealer stated no brake failure, no fluid leak, no error codes. Driver hold responsible for the > $2400 cost to replace damaged exhaust system and scratched driver-side front wheel. However, most of the damage was caused not by the initial collision with the parking block, but the subsequent uncontrollable movement over several (4-6) parking blocks due to loss of brake pedal function. Had there been people, cars or bigger objects ahead of the car, the accident could have caused serious injury or extensive property damage. The height of the parking block was just slightly higher than the height of a standard speed bump. We encourage investigation on Subaru Impreza 2013 brake and ABS function when braking over speed bumps, curbs and other low obstacles or following a low-speed, low-obstacle front-wheel collision.

- West Lafayette, IN, USA

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