Another Subaru Forester Recall Could Be Coming For U.S. Models
Australia has issued a recall for the 2019 Subaru Forester and it will likely be coming to the U.S. models soon. According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) product safety, they have issued a recall down under for 4,302 Forester models because of a defect in the 2.5-liter Boxer engine that could cause engine failure.
What are the Forester engine defects?
The ACCC says the positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) valve in the 2019 Forester 2.5-liter Boxer engine may fracture over time, allowing the engine to draw an increased amount of engine oil. The PCV valve routes air and fuel from the crankcase back through the intake manifold to the cylinders rather than allowing them to escape into the atmosphere.
2019 Subaru Forester
If it doesn’t work properly, it could cause excessive exhaust smoke and possibly unexpected loss of engine power and may result in an accident, or injury to vehicle occupants and other road users.
What should customers do?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the U.S. has not issued a recall for 2019 Subaru Forester models yet over this engine issue, but will likely do so because the Australian specification Forester models use the same 2.5-liter engine and all models are manufactured at Subaru’s Gunma factory in Japan.
Are there any other 2019 Forester recalls?
Subaru recalled 2019 Forester models over a loss of power in the steering assist system. A total of 10,417 Forester models were affected. A connector inside the Electronic Power Steering (EPS) unit may short circuit resulting in a loss of electric power steering assistance. None of these vehicles had been sold and the defect was fixed by dealers before they reached showrooms.
2016 Subaru Forester
Torque News also reported certain 2013-2018 model year Subaru Forester models to have a “design glitch” in the rear suspension springs that may corrode and break, according to the Japan Transport Ministry. Subaru of America has not issued a recall for this issue yet.
2019 Subaru Forester owners and 2013-2018 model owners can contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614 if you have questions about the latest 2.5-liter Boxer engine defect and suspension issues affecting your vehicle. Stay tuned to Torque News for the latest recall information.
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