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Subaru Recall: 2015-2016 WRX and Forester XT For Faulty Turbo Intake

Subaru is recalling certain 2015-2016 WRX and 2015-2016 Forester XT models for a defective turbo air intake. Is your car on the list?

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Subaru of America issue a recall for certain 2015-2016 WRX and 2015-2016 Forester XT models. Subaru says the turbocharger air intake duct on the 2.0-liter engines may crack and possibly result in an engine stall increasing the risk of a crash. 18,200 potential vehicles are affected by the recall for WRX and Forester XT turbocharged models sold in the U.S. The recall will likely spread to Canada, Australia and European models.

What’s the issue?

Late last year, Subaru found out that an Australian model WRX had an engine stall occur. Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) performed an investigation and identified cracking in the turbocharger air intake duct. FHI concluded that cracking was the result of the use of incorrect material during the parts production. Should the air intake duct crack, the engine may develop a rough idle, reduced power and possibly stall. This may occur without warning and the “Check Engine Light” may come on.

What’s the procedure?

During the manufacturing process at the supplier, the turbocharger air intake ducts were produced and stamped with a unique lot number. Subaru will inspect the number molded on the part to determine if it was produced with incorrect material. If a specific lot number is found, the duct will be replaced. If a different lot number is found, replacement is not necessary.

What should owners do?

Subaru of America will notify 2015-2016 Subaru WRX and 2015-2016 Forester XT owners about the recall. You can take you vehicle into your local Subaru dealer who will inspect the turbocharger air intake duct, and replace it as necessary, free of charge, depending on the lot number found on the duct. Subaru has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's number for this recall is WTA-62.

Source: NHTSA

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Cross (not verified)    April 5, 2016 - 10:47AM

You guys need to change your headline as it is very misleading. From what I understand in reading this article, the defect is found in the air intake duct, which, correct me if I am wrong, it is the duct that is connected to the hood scoop, where the resulting crack, if found, could develop a rough idle, reduced power and possibly stall. In which case, it is not the actual turbo that is faulty as your headline for this article suggests.

Evan (not verified)    April 5, 2016 - 9:23PM

In reply to by Cross (not verified)

You are correct about them needing to change the title, but are wrong in your part description. The faulty part is the turbo inlet, it is what connects the intake to the turbo. But yes, there is nothing wrong with the turbo and the title should be changed because it is misleading.