Another Big Subaru Recall Affects 6-Year-Old And Older Vehicles Over Defective Airbags
Will the Takata airbag recall ever end? Subaru of America is recalling 2009-2013 Forester, 2003-2014 Outback, 2003-2014 Legacy, 2004-2011 Impreza, 2004-2014 WRX (including STI), 2003-2006 Baja, and 2005-2006 Saab 9-2X vehicles. This is for the Takata airbag recall affecting approximately 500,000 Subaru vehicles.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in this first phase, Subaru is recalling 111,562 vehicles that previously had an interim repair performed under the current Takata recalls. Interim repairs also referred to as like-for-like repairs, involved the installation of a non-desiccated PSAN Takata-sourced inflator, prior to the availability of final repair parts that do not contain PSAN.
2003-2014 Outback models are being recalled
This first phase recall covers Forester, Outback, Impreza, Legacy, WRX, WRX STI, and Baja vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in the states of Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming or "Zone C."
If your vehicle listed above had its passenger frontal airbag inflators previously replaced under a prior recall, the inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, temperature, and temperature cycling.
2009-2013 Subaru Forester
Why do I need my airbag replaced again?
The first recall was a temporary fix. Activation of a non-desiccated ammonium nitrate inflator with degraded propellant may result in an inflator rupture. An inflator rupture may cause metal fragments to pass through the airbag and into the vehicle interior at high speed, which may result in injury or death to vehicle occupants.
Based upon Takata’s investigation to date, the propellant wafers in some of the subject inflators may degrade over time, which could lead to over-aggressive combustion in the event the airbag is activated. Overly aggressive combustion creates excessive internal pressure when the inflator is activated, which may cause the inflator body to rupture.
What should customers do?
Subaru will notify Forester, Outback, Impreza, Legacy, WRX, WRX STI, and Baja owners. General Motors will notify Saab owners. Dealers will replace the passenger airbag inflators, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in January 2020. Subaru owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Saab owners may contact the Saab Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-955-9007. Subaru's number for this recall is TKC-20. Torque News will let you know when Zone A and Zone B recalls are announced.
Also, let us know what are other safety topics that should be considered in light of this current 2020 Subaru defective airbag recall.
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