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Another Subaru Recall Could Be Coming For New Crosstrek And Impreza Over Defective Seat Belts

New Subaru Crosstrek and Impreza models could be recalled over a defective seat belt issue. See if your vehicle is on the list.

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The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Subcompact SUV and 2019 Subaru Impreza compact sedan and 5-Door hatchback models could be recalled in the U.S. soon. Subaru Australia announced the recall over a potential seatbelt issue. The announcement says 721 new Crosstrek and Impreza models will be recalled in Australia. Subaru of America has not yet issued a recall in the U.S., but it could potentially affect over 150,000 vehicles with 100,000 2019 Crosstrek models and 50,000 Impreza compact vehicles.

What is the issue with the seatbelts?

Affecting all 2019 models, a manufacturing defect in two locking mechanisms in their rear seatbelts might not lock as intended during an accident. Because rear occupants may not be restrained properly, it increases the risk of injury and/or death to vehicle occupants. The Subaru Crosstrek and Impreza are closely related with the Crosstrek getting a raised suspension, exterior cladding, and off-road capability, but otherwise share the same platform.

2020 Subaru Crosstrek

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the U.S. has not issued a recall for 2019 Subaru Crosstrek and Impreza models yet over this seatbelt issue, but will likely do so because the Australian specification Crosstrek are all manufactured in Japan and Impreza models (built in the U.S. plant) use the same parts from the Japanese automaker.

Other recent Subaru Crosstrek and Impreza recalls

Subaru issued another huge recall affecting new Crosstrek and Impreza models. Subaru of America recalled the next-generation 2018-2019 Crosstrek and Impreza vehicles for an electrical system issue. The NHTSA said the recall affected 466,205 vehicles in the U.S. alone. In another recent Subaru Crosstrek recall (256 U.S. vehicles), 2019 model year subcompact SUVs were recalled to replace the left-side rear door window glass.

What should customers do about the seatbelt issue?

2019 Subaru Crosstrek and Impreza owners can contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614 if you have questions about the latest rear seatbelt defect affecting your vehicle. Customers can also use the Subaru VIN lookup tool to check if your vehicle has a recall. Stay tuned to Torque News for the latest recall information.

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Arcee (not verified)    February 3, 2020 - 11:04AM

This is what happens when automakers grow too fast too quick. They have some hot products, and they throw them together too fast and component quality starts to slide. Service quality will start to slide too, especially when service departments try to balance the regular maintenance needs of their customers with the recall repairs. VW went through this in the late 90's, Hyundai went through it in the early 2010's, and now Subaru is going through it. VW never really got a handle on it, Hyundai *tried* really hard to fix their issues and seems to be on the right track, and Subaru has some hard work ahead for themselves.

K (not verified)    February 3, 2020 - 1:41PM

My Crosstrek, so far, is the best car I ever owned and I really like it. But, a cracked windshield for no apparent reason and all these recalls are making me concerned about the long term reliability.