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Subaru Could Issue Massive Recall Affecting Many U.S. Models

A massive Subaru recall could be coming to Japan and will also affect many U.S. models. Will your Subaru be on the recall list?
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When it rains it pours on Subaru Corporation. Reports out of Japan say the Japanese automaker is about to issue a huge recall that will affect several hundred thousand vehicles in Japan and the U.S. because of a faulty engine part. A report from The Asahi Shimbun says Subaru will be reporting the huge recall in Japan to the transport ministry by November 5.

According to sources in Japan, “a valve spring could break and hamper the workings of the engine.” The report says every vehicle Subaru manufactures, except for their Mini vehicles, (not sold in the U.S.) are affected which means hundreds of thousands of Subaru vehicles in the U.S. could be recalled.

This would include all models like Outback, Forester, Crosstrek, Impreza, Legacy, WRX, WRX STI, and BRZ sports coupe. It would also include the Toyota 86 jointly produced with Subaru and uses the same Boxer engine.

The report did not say which model years are affected by the faulty engine part. All Subaru vehicles are powered by a Boxer engine and many models may be using the same valve spring that is causing the potential engine issue. The sources say in Japan alone, the recall will likely apply to hundreds of thousands of vehicles. The costs for the planned recall over the engine part problem could exceed 25 billion yen ($223 million US) in Japan alone.

Subaru could take another image hit

If the report is accurate, the huge recall will also affect thousands of vehicles in Canada, Australia, the UK, and Europe. The engine valve spring issue along with the latest WRX/STI engine failure lawsuits in the U.S., and the fuel mileage falsification scandal in Japan could further damage the Japanese automaker’s image.

Torque News will follow this story and bring customers the latest updates on the potential huge Subaru recall. Stay tuned to see what model year Subaru Outback, Forester, Crosstrek, Impreza, Legacy, WRX, WRX STI, and BRZ models are being recalled. Subaru Corporation is expected to report this to the transport ministry in Japan by November 5 when they release their financial statement for the half-year period.

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What has been the update regarding engine failure lawsuit? My car is affected and ive left 3 voice mails with my dealership. Are customers to receive any notices? How do I get the extended warranty as a result of the lawsuit?
We have a 2010 Forrester and 2018 Outback. Are these effected. [email protected] 7207573639
As an STI owner, this is good/bad news. I hope Subaru steps up its engine development with the next STI. I want a suitable engine to swap into my car when the time comes.
I thank Subaru for responding positively to this engineering problem and I love my two Foresters! The Subaru Eyesight safety system saved my wife's life just last month - no doubt about it. I will never buy another brand of car. (Former Toyota addict)
Not much to add except, I love my two Foresters, especially the Eyesight tech and am a former Toyota addict. So, seemed like I should say hi,
Loved my outback. Went smaller with a Impreza with eye sight , I know I feel better in construction zones with adaptive cruise control. Long hours pluse miles to home covered in ice. My Subaru, gets me there comfortably, safely, and it’s fun to drive. I bought the Impreza with all the extras cause the WRX was going to be trouble for me. Lol any how... recall whatever on my Subaru, I’m going to buy a BRZ when I retire..
If Subaru acknowledged the issue and provides a remedy then I stick with my Forester and Outback. Eyesight has saved me on multiple occasions.
Wondering about the history of the Boxer engine. It's apparently a Porsche design/engine - don't know if Subaru has a license from Porsche, or the patents ran out? Many engine problems for sure.
2018 Subaru Forester
Its not a Porsche design. Some of the first cars were 2 cylinder boxer engines. Henry ford almost decided to put a boxer in the model T and decided he wanted a inline 4
Funny, Simple Google search would have saved you from this ignorance ;) Porsche design!! Hahahaha ;)
The flat four design dates back to the 1930s and is actually a VW design!
I too have been saved by the eyesight system this year. And Subaru's 'fessing up is a good thing, not a bad thing. They are a responsible company by doing that because it will cost them money but they are going to fix it nonetheless. Go Subaru
I have a 2014 Crosstrek my first subaru,if I out live this one I will buy another subaru Crosstrek.
We bought a new 2015 and sticker was $31,000 plus!! . Our windows won’t roll up properly and we have to reset them constantly! Very annoying in the rain when you can’t get your window up!! Then our “leather” driver seat wore down and tore! And for the price it should have the rear bumper protective black strip! Already had catalytic converter replaced! Now this engine part recall! We will NEVER buy a Subaru again!
Sounds like YOU didnt take care of it. Leather doesnt tear becuase its wet.
Subaru are junk! There is more wrong then this part there talking about my brand new 2018 Burns a quart of synthetic expensive oil every 1200 miles. At my expensive.... Subaru avoids the subject said they did an oil consumption test... Then over filled my motor with at least a quart over filled.... So I wouldn't notice it getting lie so fast. They then says no the consumption test is good. Basically go away were not admitting or fixing this problem. Heard from lots of others while at the dealer same problem for them. My old car I traded in had almost 200,000 miles and did NOT burn a drop off oil EVER. Problems do happen but SHAME ON SUBARU... For the way they treat customers. SHAME on them for not fixing these motors that have had problems for years. A few class action suit won by people with these dam cars and still they DIDN'T fix the problem, it admit there is a problem. Just strong us along until your warranty is up then to bad on you. NEVER BUY A SUBARU. Because of the shitty way they deal with these problem (avoidance) I WILL NEVER BUT ANOTHER OF THERE JUNK VEHICLES.
Same happened to me with a 2011 Forester. Exactly. They said it's normal. 1 quart / 1000 miles. That's almost 8 quarts of oil between oil changes if you happen to live in a non excepted state and can drive 7500k between oil changes. But in cold weather states it's still 3000k. In the fine print after they sell it to you and you have problems with it burning oil.
Anyone that waits for 7500 miles to do a oil change, needs his head examined. I have owned 33 Subaru's since 1982- 2019, and have never had any issues with oil consumption. I have my oil changed after 1000 miles break in , and every 3000 miles there after, also how many adhere to not running their engine over 4000 rpms, during break in period ???? It's all about how the engines are broke in, the internal parts of these engines need time to break in, you over rev them above 4000 RPM's, during that period you are just asking for trouble.
Your dealership is to blame for this. I am a Subaru Senior Master Technician currently employed at a dealer. In the last two years I have repaired no less than 40 cars for this specific concern. The reason is that my dealer performs the consumption test properly and transparently. Subaru corporate has stood behind their product and fixed all the cars which legitimately have failed the test. If what you say is true, your dealership is being dishonest and providing false reports to SOA.
I'm a new Forester 2018 owner and I love this car. I had a 2015 Jeep Renegade that had the same oil consumption problem, along wit MANY other problems. The dealer told me that the amount of oil in the newer engine was much less than in the past and that a quart of oil every 1000 miles wasn't unreasonable. I lived with it but didn't like it. Haven't notice anything like that with the Forester. Just having the CVT on the Forester is enough to make me glad I replaced the Jeep, the Jeep's 9 speed transmission never did work right and the sun roof creaked and cracked for about 1 1/2 years before I found a dealer that would admit it had a problem and fixed it for me. I agree it's a matter of finding a competent dealership. The Jeep dealer we finally found did a good job of making the vehicle better for us, the previous dealer couldn't find put an oil filter on correctly. Our local Subaru dealer has been amazing at helping us and I look forward to a long and pleasant relationship with them.
Never heard of windows not going up since 2015. There is a lemon law, why not look into it. I love my outback, the only thing they can improve upon is the boxer engine. Also I bought the self adhesive rear bumper guard for 50 dollars.
Cry baby, sounds like you don't take care of your car, I've had 4 Subarus in the, first one was a 2001 Forester, before I traded it in it had 271,000+ miles on it, only issue I had out of that one was I needed to get a new clutch cable at 250,000 miles. Had another Forester 2011 had it for about 6 months before I found a 2013 Impreza STI, them shortly after the series. Yellow BRZ came out, traded the Impreza in for that, never had any issue it off any of them. Seats will wear out depending how much you use the dang thing. Or what you put in them. If the windows don't work, don't half a$$ it and just reset them, but new motors and or relays. Something warranty should cover if not, go aftermarket. Subaru may not be cheap but what car isn't anymore unless you go base model and don't get any bells and whistles. If you want something that won't wear out, just walk
I bought a new wrx in 2017 and had loads of issues with it when it comes to rattle and clucking noises. Took the car in probably 4 or 5 times to see if they can figure it out but they had a hard time, spent many hrs at the dealership - changed out the cv on the front left and still clucking, it ended up being a bad lower control arm. All this was going on for a few months and I only had about 400 miles on it then. Still a few rattles and tattle left - I called subie America and lodge my complaint and guess what .....they sent me a brand new Dyson vacuum cleaner, the vacuum sounds better around the curves in my house than the my wrx with less rattles. I guess I bought a dud but what can you say.
I sprayed silicone both sides of window frame all the way down -- like new! try it.
Can they take the car back, so I can pick up an electric instead :)
I can't wait for Subaru to go electric as well. The boxer engine is out dated.
The boxer engine is out dated ... tell that to Lycoming, Continental, and Porsche.
That's OK Every car manufacturer has had recalls Subaru is still the best car I have ever owned. This is my second Outback and maybe not my last.
I had an Hyundai Elantra which h burst into flames while NOT RUNNING in my drive way. Hyundai has not responded or taken responsibility. I decided to buy a Crosstrek now when this news came out. I'm not sure what I will do.

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