Subaru of America is recalling all 2018 Outback SUVs and 2018 Legacy sedans due to a faulty fuel gauge which could cause the driver to run out of fuel and the car to stall on the road. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) says 228,648 vehicles are affected in the US.
The Outback and Legacy models are being recalled due to a software error. The low fuel warning light may not illuminate at the intended remaining fuel level and the miles-to-empty display may incorrectly indicate a positive number despite the tank being empty. This is also part of a larger global recall affecting all 2018 Subaru Outback and Legacy models.
The U.S. recall includes all 2018 model year Legacy vehicles (43,064). The recall population includes all 2018 model year Outback vehicles. The number of affected Outback vehicles in the U.S. is 185,584. All U.S. Outback and Legacy vehicles are built at the Subaru Indiana Automotive plant in Lafayette, Indiana and produced between February 1, 2017 through August 17, 2018.
Subaru is recommending as a precaution, all 2018 Outback and Legacy owners keep at least one-quarter tank of gas in the vehicle until the repairs have been made.
Owners will be notified within 60 days and the recall began November 1, 2018. If reprogramming tools are not available by that time, owners will be notified that the repair is not yet available and they will be re-notified once it is. Subaru dealers will reprogram the combination meter software, free of charge. 2018 Subaru Outback and Legacy owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Subaru's number for this recall is WTW-82.
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