Takata Airbag Recall: 383,101 Subarus Are Now on the List
Subaru of America is recalling additional vehicles as the Takata air bag recall expands to include more of their cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says 383,101 Subaru models are included in this recall.
Which Subarus are now on the list?
The growing list includes the 2006 Baja, 2006–2011 Impreza and Tribeca and 2009–2011 Legacy sedan, Outback wagon, and Forester SUV. Previously recalled models in this total include the 2003–2004 Subaru Legacy and Outback models and the 2003–2005 Baja. It is unknown if 2006–2011 WRX and WRX STI performance models are included.
Why are the airbags recalled?
The defective Takata air bags has affected millions of vehicles and many automakers around the globe. The airbags explode too violently and shoot shrapnel into vehicles and have been linked to six deaths and more than 100 injuries worldwide. The Subaru recall is related to defective airbag inflators fitted to the front passenger airbags. Propellant in the inflaters could degrade over time if exposed to high humidity and temperature changes, making it prone to “overaggressive combustion.”
What should consumers do?
Owners of these model year Subaru Forester, Outback, Legacy, Impreza, Tribeca and Baja models may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783 to get more information on the latest recall. Dealers will replace the passenger air bag inflator, free of charge. Subaru's previous number for this recall is WQR-53. NHTSA says it supersedes recall 14V-399 (WQL-48) and partially supersedes recall 14V-763 (WQP-51) for 2004-2005 Subaru Impreza models.
Source: Car and Driver
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