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Subaru Corp. on Jan. 23 reported possible defects in the power steering function of three types of vehicles produced in Ota, Gunma Prefecture.

The automaker has suspended all operations at its Gunma Manufacturing Division since Jan. 16, and said the problem stems from a defective component supplied by a parts maker.

The affected vehicles are the Impreza compact car, the Forester SUV and the XV compact SUV manufactured between late December 2018 and Jan. 16, 2019.

Subaru is calling on owners of the vehicles to immediately stop driving them if any problems emerge and to contact nearby dealers.

More than 10,000 vehicles are believed to have been affected by the defects, and deliveries to customers have been delayed.

Nine types of vehicles are produced at the Gunma plant, the company's only auto assembly factory in Japan. The faulty power steering device was not installed in the six other vehicles.

But since the same assembly lines are used for all types of vehicles, Subaru decided to halt all production at the plant.

Subaru said it is preparing to resume production and shipments as early as Jan. 28. It said it has confirmed the cause of the defects and has moved to secure replacement parts.

(This article was written by Kentaro Uechi and Satoshi Kimura.)