Subaru Hit With Another Huge Recall Affecting New Crosstrek And Impreza Models
Subaru has issued another huge recall affecting new Crosstrek and Impreza models. Subaru of America announced they are recalling the next-generation Crosstrek and Impreza vehicles for an electrical system issue. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says the recall will affect 466,205 vehicles in the U.S. alone.
This new recall includes all 2018-2019 model year Subaru Crosstrek compact SUV models and 2017-2019 Impreza sedan and 5-Door models in the U.S. and it could be an even larger number of vehicles around the globe including Canada, Australia, Europe, Japan, and Asian markets.
2018-2019 Subaru Crosstrek
The second-generation Subaru Crosstrek is manufactured in the Gunma, Japan factory, and U.S. and Canadian Impreza models are made at the U.S. plant in Lafayette, Indiana. Both models share the same platform and FB20 2.0-liter Subaru Boxer engine. Components for this electrical issue are shipped from Japan and will likely affect all models around the globe.
What’s the problem?
The NHTSA says the Engine Control Module (ECM) in both Crosstrek and Impreza may continue to power the ignition coil after the engine is shut off, which could result in a short circuit and a blown fuse. If a short circuit occurs while you are driving, the vehicle could stall increasing the risk of a crash.
2017-2019 Subaru Impreza Sedan and 5-Door
In a recent small Subaru Crosstrek recall (256 U.S. vehicles), 2019 model year SUVs were recalled to replace the left-side rear door window glass. The NHTSA report said vehicles may fail to conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 205, “Glazing Materials.” The driver’s side rear window glass can shatter causing risk of injury. Subaru's number for this recall is WUG-92.
Subaru will notify the 2018-2019 Crosstrek and 2017-2019 Impreza sedan and 5-Door owners, and dealers will update the ECM software and inspect and replace the ignition coil free of charge. In addition, on vehicles with confirmed ignition coil damage and a certain stored diagnostic trouble code (DTC), Subaru says they will also replace the front exhaust pipe, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on December 13, 2019. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Subaru's number for this recall is WUQ-02.
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