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Huge Subaru Forester And Crosstrek Recall Starts This Week - What You Should Know

The massive Subaru recalls affecting the Forester, Crosstrek, and Impreza start this week. Here is what Subaru owners need to know.

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Subaru of America announced more recalls last month affecting the 2019 Subaru Forester, 2018-2019 Crosstrek, and 2017-2019 Impreza models. The recall potentially affects 874,476 Subaru vehicles and starts this week. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released new information since Torque News first reported the recalls.

The first recall for 2019 Subaru Forester, 2018-2019 Subaru Crosstrek, and 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid vehicles is expected to begin May 14, 2021. The potential number of units affected is 408,271.

2019 Subaru Forester, 2018-2019 Crosstrek, 2017-2019 Impreza recall

What is the problem?

Certain 2018-2019 Subaru Crosstrek and 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid SUVs over time, due to initial variation in rear stabilizer bracket dimensions, the bracket bolt(s) may loosen. The number of potentially affected Crosstrek vehicles is 262,060, the number of Crosstrek Hybrid models is 1,078. The number of potentially affected Forester SUVs is 145,133.

Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will re-torque and replace any missing bolts, free of charge. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Subaru's number for this recall is WRD-21.

2019 Subaru Forester, 2018-2019 Crosstrek, 2017-2019 Impreza recall

The second recall affects 2018-2019 Subaru Crosstrek and 2017-2019 Subaru Impreza sedan and hatchback models. The recall is expected to begin May 28, 2021. The potential number of units affected is 466,205.

Owners may notice an abnormal rattle noise from the rear of the vehicle. Subaru says they are not aware of any reports involving accidents or injury related to this condition.

What is the problem?

The Engine Control Module (ECM) may continue to power the ignition coil after the engine is shut off, causing a short circuit. Due to improper Engine Control Module (ECM) programming, the ignition coil may be energized longer than designed after the engine is off under certain circumstances.

The number of potentially affected Impreza hatchback vehicles is 139,589, and Impreza sedan models are 68,955. The number of potentially affected Crosstrek vehicles is 257,661.

Occupants may experience irregular vibration or cylinder misfire during vehicle operation. If a short circuit in the ignition coil occurs while the vehicle is in motion, the car may experience a loss of power while driving without the ability to immediately restart the engine, increasing the risk of a crash.

What should owners do?

Subaru will notify 2018-2019 Subaru Crosstrek and 2017-2019 Subaru Impreza owners and dealers will update the ECM software, replace the ignition coils, and, if necessary, the front exhaust pipe, free of charge. Owners can contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Subaru's number for this recall is WRE-21. The NHTSA says this recall includes all vehicles previously repaired under recall 19V743.

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Charles D Russell Jr (not verified)    May 15, 2021 - 6:21PM

Wondered why 2016 Forester always takes longer to recharge battery. Unaware of CAN problem till now. No recourse? I regularly recharge autos to keep batteries up but Forester always down worse than other two cars.

David Hooper (not verified)    May 26, 2021 - 4:51PM

I own a 2015 Subaru Legacy 3.6R Limited which my wife and I love. However a few weeks ago I got in it in the garage and tried to start it. It tried to start but did not and it acted like the battery was low. I measured the battery voltage (being an old retired electrical engineer) and the voltage was only about 5.9 volts. I put a charger on it and told my wife maybe something in the computer system got hit by a stray cosmic ray and it locked the starter on and ran the battery down. After charging up the battery the car seemed fine. I took it to the local Advance Auto to buy a new battery suspecting the battery was giving out and they put their tester on it and said it really was pretty good so no need to replace it. Since then it has been running fine. I was thinking about replacing the car since I could imagine all kinds of problems if it had failed somewhere other than my garage where I could work on it. Anyway I'm sad to see the Legacy was excluded from the lawsuit since it certainly sounds like I was hit by the CAN problem. Has anyone had Subaru fix theirs with the CAN problem? Is there anybody I can ask to learn more about it - Subaru Customer Service somewhere?

Leah Wilde (not verified)    October 10, 2021 - 2:00PM

I have had to jump start my new-to-me 2017 Subaru Forester at least 6 times in the last 6 months. I've heard the battery is under powered. Is that true? Or could it be a CAN problem‽ Or both? What should I do?