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New Subaru Recall Alert: Crosstrek, Forester, Impreza, WRX Have Defective Driveshafts

Subaru is recalling certain Crosstrek, Impreza, Forester, and WRX vehicles. See which model years, the problem, and if your model is involved.


There is a new recall alert from Subaru. Subaru of America and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have recalled four new Subaru models. Subaru says the front driveshaft assemblies' outer race may develop cracks and break.

The NHTSA says a broken driveshaft can cause a loss of power while driving or a vehicle rollaway when the vehicle's transmission is in the park position without the parking brake engaged. Either scenario can cause the risk of a crash.

2024 Subaru Crosstrek recall alert

I cover all Subaru recalls; this is not the first new Crosstrek and Impreza recall. In August, Subaru recalled the 2024 Subaru Crosstrek and the 2024 Subaru Impreza for an electrical design flaw that could cause a loss of power while driving.

Which vehicles are affected by the new Subaru recall?

Subaru says the affected models are the all-new 2024 Subaru Crosstrek, 2023-2024 Subaru Forester, all-new 2024 Subaru Impreza, and 2023 Subaru WRX. The NHTSA says the potential number of vehicles affected is 3,732 units. 

1. The recall population includes certain 2024 model-year Crosstrek vehicles. The number of potentially affected Crosstrek vehicles is 2,835.

2024 Subaru Impreza recall

2. The recall population includes certain 2024 model-year Impreza vehicles. The number of potentially affected Impreza vehicles is 156.

3. The recall population includes certain 2023 and 2024 model-year Forester vehicles. The number of potentially affected Forester vehicles is 328. 

4. The recall population includes certain 2023 model-year WRX vehicles. The number of potentially affected WRX vehicles is 413.

2023 Subaru WRX recall

Description of the Safety Risk.  

Subaru says, "A hole in a water pipe caused a reduction in the flow rate of cooling water around the outer race during the heat treatment process on the supplier's manufacturing line, resulting in improper cooling to the inner surface of the race and causing quench cracking to the outer surface of the race."

Subaru is unaware of any field reports, warranty claims, or VOQs for the entire population of potentially affected vehicles. Subaru says they are unaware of any reports involving an accident or injury related to this problem.

Subaru's Remedy

Dealers will inspect and replace the left and right front driveshafts as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on January 8, 2024. Subaru Crosstrek, Forester, Impreza, and WRX owners may contact Subaru's customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Subaru's number for this recall is WRP-23.

Customers can use the Subaru vehicle VIN recall tool here to see if your model is on the current recall list. 

2023-2024 Subaru Forester recall

There is another new recall for the 2024 Subaru Forester compact SUV. Customers should be aware of it.

Thanks for reading, everyone. I hope you enjoyed this Subaru recall alert. See you tomorrow for my latest Subaru Report.

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JAnn (not verified)    November 16, 2023 - 7:50PM

I need to replace my 2007 Subaru Tribeca, Ru V (#5) for me, and would love to hear your recommendation for Ru VI. My kids are grown so I don’t need an Ascent. Leaning towards a Forester, but loved my Outback (Ru IV). Which model & year would you buy?

Gary L Nickelson (not verified)    November 17, 2023 - 9:52AM

In reply to by JAnn (not verified)

There is only 2 of us in our home. After selling our 2017 Outback to a private buyer, we opted for the 2024 Outback. The Premium model we chose has every option imaginable. We love it.! No regrets on our choice . Plenty of room for travel ,and can seat 5
Milage is great too.

Adrienne Wallace (not verified)    November 23, 2023 - 1:17PM

In reply to by Cheryl Rothermund (not verified)

That is my question as well . I have a 20217 Subaru Forester, for the last 4 months I’ve been have problems with oil consumption issues. My Forester has been tested several times, I’ve contacted the manufacturer in July and the problem persist. it's becoming excessive.

I have 104k miles on my car and now I have to take it in to the dealership every 2000k miles for oil consumption test, What is the resolution for this. ? I’ve always held Subaru in high standards, and praise them for their quality , but this is troublesome for me.