Subaru Corporation announced today they have reported a huge recall of four vehicles to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport in Japan. Subaru says the Subaru Impreza compact car, XV small SUV (XV Crosstrek in global markets), Forester SUV and BRZ sports coupe are being recalled for a flaw in the design of the valve springs in the vehicle’s FB20 2.0-liter Boxer engine. The total number of vehicles being recalled in Japan totals 74,349.
There are 14,503 Subaru Impreza models being recalled, XV Crosstrek models total 33,062, Forester models total 18,981, and 7,803 Subaru BRZ models are recalled as of November 1, 2018. The announcement made today by Subaru Corp says the faulty valve springs will be replaced because the springs may be broken due to “excessive load” than they were originally designed to handle. It’s caused by “small foreign matter in the spring material due to general manufacturing variation.” Subaru says abnormal noise is generated and engine malfunction occurs, and in the worst case, the engine may stop running.
The Subaru Impreza G4 2.0i models being recalled are manufactured between June 6, 2008, through January 17, 2013 (2,031 units). Subaru Impreza G4 2.0i models with EyeSight are being recalled manufactured between June 4, 2008, through January 18, 2012 (7,177 units). Subaru Impreza G4 2.0i models with are being recalled manufactured between January 17, 2012, through June 6, 2013 (5,295 units).
The Subaru XV 2.0i (XV Crosstrek) models being recalled are manufactured between January 17, 2012, through June 6, 2013 (33,062 units).
Subaru Forester 2.0X models recalled were manufactured between 2005 through January 24, 2008 (4,739 units). Subaru Forester 2.0i models manufactured between September 30, 2008, through October 10, 2012 (14,242 units).
Subaru BRZ models recalled are manufactured between March 9, 2012, through July 2, 2013, with a total of 7,803 units affected.
In a separate recall, Subaru Corporation is recalling 8,645 Subaru Legacy sedan models for a faulty fuel gauge. The fuel gauge doesn’t register the correct amount of fuel in the tank and the car could run out of gas. The production dates are August 2, 2018, through October 2, 2018.
It’s likely Subaru Corp will be recalling these same model year Crosstrek, Forester, Impreza and BRZ models with the FB20 2.0-liter Boxer engine in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Europe. Stay tuned.
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