The 2023 Subaru Solterra was a success right out of the gate, and Subaru of America sold its initial allotment quickly. But the Solterra and Toyota's bZ4x were recalled last week for faulty bolts on the EV that could cause the wheels to come loose. It was an embarrassment and a massive setback for the two Japanese automaker's first all-electric SUVs.
It sounds like an easy fix but apparently not. A new report from Seeking Alpha says all of the first Solterra and bZ4x models that rolled off the assembly line cannot be fixed. The report says Toyota states that there is no remedy to cure the faulty wheels available at this time, and customers will receive a free replacement vehicle pending a resolution of the problem.
How many 2023 Subaru Solterra EVs are affected?
Subaru submitted the Solterra recall to Japan's transportation ministry that said sharp turns and sudden braking could cause a hub bolt to loosen, raising the risk of a wheel coming off the vehicle. Reports say 2,600 Solterra EVs are affected by the recall.
No new electric Solterra compact SUV has been delivered to customers in the U.S., and most of the 2,600 vehicles were for Subaru retailers meant for test drives and display purposes.
With the supply chain issues and microchip shortages, production of the 2023 model year Solterra is already limited. Getting the wheel problem fixed will further delay shipments of new Soltarra models to U.S. customers who placed their orders in February.
Subaru Corporation will produce less than 7,000 Solterra models for the entire calendar year 2022. Seeking Alpha says Subaru will produce 6,500 Solterra EVs in 2022. Subaru of America has already sold its initial allotment of Solterra EVs to U.S. customers.
Where is the Subaru Solterra manufactured?
After the Solterra was developed, Subaru had to give up manufacturing control to Toyota. Toyota employees manufacture the new EV at the automaker's plant in Japan.
Subaru Corporation doesn't have enough production space for the new Solterra at its plant in Japan, where it manufactures Forester, Crosstrek, BRZ, and WRX models for its U.S. customers.
When will the 2023 Solterra be available for U.S. customers?
The 2023 Subaru Solterra was scheduled to arrive in the U.S. in June in limited numbers, but the new recall and fixing of the wheel problem will further delay shipments of the new EV. Stay tuned.
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