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The 2021 Subaru Outback Is Recalled For A New Brake Booster Defect

The 2021 Subaru Outback is recalled in Australia for a brake booster defect. See why it could affect U.S. customers.


The 2021 Subaru Outback wagon/SUV is recalled for an electronic brake booster (EBB) that may be incorrectly set up. According to a new report from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), it may not operate correctly. The report says 256 new 2021 model year Outback models are affected.

The recall will likely not affect U.S. customers because the Australian Outback is manufactured at the Yakima plant in Gunma, Japan. The 2021 Subaru Outback for North America is built at Subaru of Indiana Automotive.

What are the Outback brake defects?

The Brake booster may not operate correctly, and the cruise control cannot be reset. The ACCC says the brake light remains on even when not braking, can drain the battery, and more pressure needs to be applied when braking, and there is an increase in the vehicle's stopping distance.

The 2021 Subaru Outback brake booster defect may increase the risk of an accident causing injury or death of vehicle occupants and other road users.

What should Australian customers do?

Owners of affected 2021 Outback models will be contacted and asked to arrange an inspection and repair appointment, free of charge. For further information, owners can contact Subaru Australia's Customer Relations Team at 1800 22 66 43.

Are 2021 Subaru Outback models made in the U.S. affected?

It is unknown if the 2021 Subaru Outback vehicles made at the U.S. plant in Lafayette, Indiana, are affected by this latest recall.

The 2021 Subaru Outback has 45 percent of its parts made with U.S. content. All U.S.-made Outback trims import their major drivetrain parts, engine, and transmissions from Japan. The Outback brake booster could be one of the components imported from Japan.

What should U.S. customers do?

There is one 2021 Subaru Outback recall for U.S. models. In January, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Subaru of America recalled the Outback for a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) shifter lever cable nut that may not be adequately tightened. The recall began in February 2021.

If Subaru of America recalls the 2021 Subaru Outback for the brake booster defect, the NHTSA will announce the recall, and Torque News will report any new information. Owners in the U.S. may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614.

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