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