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Takata airbag recall expands to include Subaru Baja, Legacy and Outback

The Takata airbag recall is expanding and now includes more Subaru vehicles. How long will owners have to wait to get their vehicles fixed?

The Takata airbag recall is the largest in the history of automobile safety recalls and is growing daily. The recall not only includes 2003-2007 Subaru Impreza models, that will likely include WRX, but it now includes 2003-2005 Subaru Baja, 2003-2005 Subaru Legacy and 2003-2005 Subaru Outback models. This comes from a report by

Subaru, Mazda and Mitsubishi are Japans smallest automakers and now join fellow Japanese brands Honda, Nissan and Toyota who recalled 11.5 million vehicles last week. The massive recall involves 53 million-plus vehicles worldwide. The recall also involves other automakers more.

Why are the vehicles being recalled?

The defective Takata air bags explode too violently and shoot shrapnel into vehicles and have been linked to six deaths and more than 100 injuries worldwide. The Subaru Impreza recall is related to defective airbag inflators fitted to the front passenger airbags. New York Times reports Takata said on Tuesday that propellant in the inflaters could degrade over time if exposed to high humidity and temperature changes, making it prone to “overaggressive combustion.”

What’s next for Subaru owners?

Subaru Australia is the only country with an official statement regarding the Takata recall. Subaru Japan has made no official statement thus far. Subaru AU is telling 2004-2007 Impreza owners that potentially affected customers will be contacted in the near future by Subaru Australia, “Advising them of the recall.”
What will be done?

Right now, replacement parts are being prepared in Japan for this recall. Due to the volume of vehicles across multiple brands affected globally, it is currently estimated that sufficient parts to enable recall repairs will be available by early next year. Subaru AU says relevant customers will again be contacted regarding the repair procedure when replacement parts are available. All repairs will be made free of charge and estimated to take approximately 1.5 hours.

Subaru Australia reports that to the best of their knowledge, there have been no reported incidents of failure in Subaru vehicles in that country. SLT Today says Takata will need 33.8 million inflators for the repairs for all manufacturers in the enormous recall, so far it has made 3.8 million. At Takata's estimated rate of production, it will take 2 1/2 years to crank out enough inflators to fix all the affected vehicles.

At this time, Subaru has Impreza, Baja, Legacy and Outback models on the recall list. Subaru U.S. has not released any official recalls. Stay tuned.

Image source: Subaru by way of owner Gary Simington


JeffS (not verified)    May 25, 2015 - 5:39PM

What's wrong with this picture? In the meantime, millions of people are driving around with a potential shotgun pointed at their face. How 'bout a loaner car 'till they can get the problem fixed, or is Takata and the Mfgs going to leave it to the Driver to decide if he/she wants to play Russian roulette every time they get behind the wheel, or find another means of transportation 'till the problem is fixed in a year or so, give or take. What's wrong with this picture? Really disappointing, (and if I owned one of the affected cars, I'd say infuriating) commentary on the Industry as a whole.

Joe merriman (not verified)    May 26, 2015 - 9:30AM

Takata voodoo replacement airbags because they think they know what the cause but not sure after the 12 year cover up will these replacement airbags be any different than the defective ones?

Nancy (not verified)    May 26, 2015 - 12:53PM

I have a Toyotal corolla and cannot find the list where you are supposed to input
your VIN no. according to television news. Where is the list?

JeffS (not verified)    May 27, 2015 - 8:12AM

In reply to by Nancy (not verified)

Hi Nancy. Tried to provide link to NHTSA's web-site recall page, but after several attempts it occurs to me that Torque may not allow this. So, Google NHTSA and the link you are looking for will be one of the first listed. You may also want to check with your local Toyota dealer. Good Luck and I hope your car isn't on the list. Be Well