Subaru Forester, Crosstrek Power Steering Recall Will Not Affect Customers
Subaru of America is recalling certain 2019 Forester and Crosstrek vehicles built in Japan but it will not affect customers. Production range is from December 27, 2018-January 16, 2019, but current Subaru owners are not affected because none of these new Forester and Crosstrek models have been sold. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says the recall began February 7, 2019, so it shouldn’t affect the supply of these models.
The reason for the recall is because a connector inside the Electronic Power Steering (EPS) unit may short circuit resulting in a loss of electric power steering assistance. A total of 10,417 U.S. vehicles will be affected and will be fixed before they are sold.
This recall is the reason the Subaru plant in Gunma, Japan was shut down from January 16 through January 28, 2019. Subaru’s Gunma plant accounts for about 60 percent of its global production where it builds Forester, Crosstrek, WRX, WRX STI, Impreza, and BRZ models. Subaru’s plant in the U.S., in Lafayette, Indiana, that manufactures the Outback, Impreza, Ascent, and Legacy models has not been affected by this latest power steering unit defect.
New 2019 Subaru Forester and Crosstrek models built during this time frame are still on dealer lots and will be pulled for sale until they are inspected or repaired. The affected 2019 Forester and Crosstrek vehicles were identified during transit from Japan to the U.S. dealers. Subaru of America has notified dealers and they will inspect the steering gearbox, replacing it as necessary before the vehicles are sold to the public.
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