Subaru of America recalled the 2022 Subaru Outback midsize SUV because of a loose electrical connection. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says a loose electrical connection to the Electronic Control Unit (ECU) may cause the Outback's engine to stall, increasing the risk of a crash. This is the first recall for the 2022 Outback this year.
What Subaru Outback models are affected
The NHTSA and Subaru of America say certain 2022 Outback trim levels with the 2.4-liter turbocharged boxer engine's wiring harness may have been damaged. Subaru says a male terminal on a test harness was deformed. If the terminals lose connection while driving, the issue could cause the complete loss of power without the ability to restart.
The Outback is manufactured at Subaru of Indiana Automotive in Lafayette, Indiana. Subaru of America did not specify which 2022 Outback trim level with the 2.4-liter turbocharged engine was affected. It could be the Outback Onyx Edition XT, Limited XT, Touring XT, or the Outback Wilderness trim levels.
How many vehicles are affected?
Subaru of America says the number of potentially affected Outback 2.4-liter vehicles is fifteen. According to the recall report, the estimated percentage of Outback models with the defect is 2 percent.
Subaru is unaware of any warranty claims, field reports, crashes, or injuries resulting from this condition. Subaru says, "Out of an abundance of caution, we decided to conduct a voluntary safety recall."
For all the potentially affected vehicles, Subaru dealers will replace the engine wiring harness and ECU with new parts at no cost to the customer. Subaru will reimburse owners for repairs according to the general plan submitted in May 2022.
What should Outback customers do?
Subaru will notify affected Outback owners by first class mail within 60 days. The NHTSA says owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on August 30, 2022. Owners may contact Subaru's customer service at 1-844-373-6614, and Subaru's number for this recall is WRC-22.
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