Subaru recalls performance cars with defective audio equipment

Recall Masters  – November 1, 2017

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Subaru of America has recalled more than 9,100 vehicles possibly equipped with defective audio equipment, according to documentation filed with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects 2015 Subaru WRX performance sedans with production dates ranging from Jan. 17, 2014 to April 9, 2015. Subaru suspects 100 percent of the vehicles referenced in the action contain the defective equipment.

The Defect

The affected sedans likely feature factory-installed subwoofers positioned so that they abut luggage stowed in the trunk. This contact can loosen the subwoofer’s wiring, causing complete disconnection. Should these charged fixtures meet the metal frame of the subwoofer, an intermittent short may occur and damage to integrated circuit components. In some cases, the broken IC parts can generate constant electrical current, leading the subwoofer to overheat and increasing the likelihood of a fire. This poses an obvious safety threat to occupants…

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Subaru recalls performance cars with defective audio equipment

 

Cherry Hill, N.J. – Nov. 1, 2017 – Subaru of America has recalled more than 9,100 vehicles possibly equipped with defective audio equipment, according to documentation filed with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects 2015 Subaru WRX performance sedans with production dates ranging from Jan. 17, 2014 to April 9, 2015. Subaru suspects 100 percent of the vehicles referenced in the action contain the defective equipment.

The Defect

The affected sedans likely feature factory-installed subwoofers positioned so that they abut luggage stowed in the trunk. This contact can loosen the subwoofer’s wiring, causing complete disconnection. Should these charged fixtures meet the metal frame of the subwoofer, an intermittent short may occur and damage to integrated circuit components. In some cases, the broken IC parts can generate constant electrical current, leading the subwoofer to overheat and increasing the likelihood of a fire. This poses an obvious safety threat to occupants.

Owners with vehicles containing the defective equipment have reported hearing crackling noises. Subaru suggested turning off the car audio system to silence these sounds.

Timeline of Events

In January 2017, Subaru received a field report detailing an instance of subwoofer overheating in a 2015 WRX performance sedan. Two months later, quality assurance personnel at the automaker took possession of the subwoofer and amplifier from the vehicle named in the report. In April, the Japanese automaker shipped the parts to the supplier, Harman International Industries, for analysis. On April 28, Harman submitted its findings. Engineers at the audio company had discovered that the IC features in the subwoofer sustained damage due to overstress. They also found that an electrical short had occurred when the subwoofer wire made contact with the metal support frame. However, Harman could not identify the root cause of the short. As a result, Subaru launched its own investigation to better understand the origin of this electrical disturbance.

In May 2017, Subaru received another field report from a dealer in Australia. Again, the company requested and received the parts involved for evaluation. Four months passed before engineers at the company uncovered the root cause: contact between the subwoofer and luggage. On Sept. 29, Subaru decided to conduct a safety recall. The organization notified dealers Oct. 9.

The Solution

The automaker has directed dealers to inspect the subwoofer wires and install wire retainer clips in affected vehicles free of charge, according to a recall acknowledgment document from the NHTSA. In some cases, dealers may replace the subwoofers altogether, a repair that Subaru has also pledged to subsidize. Owners should have received notification Oct. 31 via first-class mail. Those that did not can contact Subaru customer service personnel at (800) 782-2783. Callers should use the internal recall identification code WTQ-76. Owners in need of further assistance or information can also contact the NHTSA using its vehicle safety hotline at (888) 327-4236.

 

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Vaporizing fuel an issue in 2017 Subaru recall [Video]

Cherry Hill, N.J.—April 20, 2017—A new Subaru recall will target more than thirty-three thousand vehicles for a fuel system risk. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report said that the recall impacted 2017 Subaru Impreza 4D and 5D vehicles.

In these autos, drivers could have trouble starting the engine or keeping it going. This could signify an internal problem processing winter fuel. If the engine vaporizes the fuel, it could cause pressure to drop.

Although the problem concerns the fuel itself, it actually stems from the software installed within the engine control unit. The fix therefore will require new software for this system. Production for these impacted vehicles only recently ended March fifteenth, and the report estimated that all of the suspected vehicles likely had the defect.

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Subaru Recalls Impreza Vehicles Due to Display Glitches [Video]

Cherry Hill, N.J. — March 15, 2017 — Some Subaru Impreza vehicles are subject to a new recall, according to CNet.

The source said that these vehicles had display screen problems. Drivers attempting to use the backup camera could instead be greeted with an empty or frozen screen. The recall concerns approximately 26,564 autos. To fix this problem, dealers will install new software, supposedly as soon as March 20.

A user complaint from North Carolina addressed a similar concern with this same make and model last month. In a statement on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website, this unnamed owned said that the radio presets disappeared days after using the vehicle, and that the in-car Starlink system was making noise due to a problem with system code.

According to this note, Subaru customer service verified this unnamed person’s vehicle defect.

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Subura Recalling Cars for Problems with Rearview Camera [Video]

March 14, 2017 report from WILX NBC Channel 10 in Lansing, Michigan

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Subaru Addresses Potential Engine Fires

Subaru is recalling several vehicle models in the U.S. due to engine problems that have the potential to cause fires. The defect was the result of an inappropriate manufacturing process, according to documents compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Defect

Subaru is recalling 100,127 Foresters from 2009-2013, Legacy and Outback models from 2007-2009 and WRX and STI models from 2008-2014. All models are equipped with a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The problem is that a faulty relay in these engines can cause the secondary air injection pump to fail. The pump may then end up working constantly, possibly overheating and melting and then igniting. Subaru believes that the check engine light would be lit if this had a chance of occurring in an affected vehicle.

Timeline

April 25, 2011: Fuji Heavy Industries, Inc. learned of a secondary air injection pump failure that caused the check engine light to go off, but did not result in fire. Fuji investigated and found that the relay associated with the pump had insufficient contact point pressure.

Oct. 10, 2013: Fuji learned of another secondary air injection pump catching fire, but could not investigate it properly.

May 8, 2015: Fuji was able to investigate a separate fire report and determined the cause.

Sept. 30, 2016: Fuji advised Subaru that it would have to conduct a recall of all affected vehicles in the United States.

Proposed Remedy

Subaru dealers will replace the affected secondary air injection pump with a countermeasured replacement pump. This will be done free of charge for all owners.

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Steering Column Shaft Problems Prompt New Subaru Recalls

Cherry Hill, NJ — June 16, 2016 — A new Subaru recall effort will address 48,500 potentially compromised vehicles. Drivers in Subaru Legacy or Outback models from either the 2016 or 2017 model years may be in danger of crashing due to sudden steering loss.

As a recall acknowledgment document filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration noted, this issue comes from steering columns that don’t properly connect the steering apparatus to the wheels.

The only component listed in this statement is the column, which was reportedly machined incorrectly during manufacturing. The Safety Recall Report, also available through the NHTSA, lists the production dates for each of the affected models: They range from Feb. 9 to May 6, 2016. This condition could mean that the wrong tool setting was used on the column when it was in manufacturing.

The recall timeline
According to the NHTSA documents, this recall has a relatively short history, with the first customer-related steering issue reported May 3. Further inspections followed on May 5, with the official safety recall determination coming just four days later.

May 9 was listed as the dealer notification date, and as of this writing, no planned owner notification date is given on the amended report dated for May 12. The recall will also include a stop sale for any of the affected Subaru vehicles in the U.S. market.

Because of the manufacturer’s fast response, it has already spurred changes to prevent this issue from hindering future vehicles. New screening practices went into use May 6. To address the potentially dangerous vehicles already in use, the report suggests dealers look at steering column lot numbers before deciding whether the entire column needs to be replaced.

Unlike the faulty shafts, replacement parts are correctly machined and will comply with the intended specifications. The column comes from supplier NSK Steering Systems America, based in Michigan.

All of the affected models are classified as “light vehicles” with a gas power train. While the 2017 Subaru Legacy has a 4-door body style, all of the other models are SUVs. The updated safety recall report lists the 2015 Subaru Outback as well, stating that it may have a defective steering column due to a previous service repair. Vehicle Identification Numbers are not included in this report.

A previous action
Some of the models in this notice were subject to other recent Subaru recalls. Last November, the 2016 Legacy and Outback vehicles were involved in a different action that also resulted from incorrect manufacturing practices.

As the recall report for that case noted, the drive shafts in 3,251 potential units could detach, since the fastening nuts were not properly tightened. This could lead to a fire hazard, since the unmoored drive shafts could hit the vehicle’s fuel tank and cause a leak.

Once again, improper tool use during manufacturing was at fault, since the loose nuts were not torqued correctly during the initial production. For the vehicle to pose a true fire hazard, however, the discharged fuel would have to come into contact with a source of ignition that would spark it into a flame.

This was another case of a fast-acting recall, since the announcement came just three days after Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. discovered the issue, with dealer notification then scheduled for the same day.

Though the remedy mentioned possible replacement nuts and bolts, it also said that dealers could solve the issue by simply tightening these existing parts. A repair procedure document from the manufacturer stated that both the affected Outback and Legacy vehicle models began production on October 24, 2015. 

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Subaru Vehicles from 2015 and 2016 Could Suddenly Stall

Cherry Hill, NJ — April 15, 2016 — Both Subaru Forester and WRX vehicles are part of a recent recall action. According to an official report, the automaker believes some of these units with the 2015 and 2016 model years were assembled with the wrong material in the “turbocharger air intake duct.” As a result, the company is recalling 18,200 vehicles which may contain components from the DaikyoNishikawa Corporation. A crack in this duct could possibly stall the vehicle.

The source traced the first report of a related stall to December 2015. Though this problem could lead to a sudden, unexpected loss of power, there are some possible warnings: drivers may want to look for the “Check Engine” light, as well as indicators of lower engine power or a “rough idle.”

As the report further described, the parts causing the recall contain a specific lot number that factors into the planned remedy.

“Subaru will inspect the lot number molded on the engine turbocharger air intake duct to determine if it was produced with incorrect material,” the source said. “If a specific lot number is found, the duct will be replaced. If a different lot number is found, replacement is not necessary.”

A press release from the company republished in Autoblog stated that there was no official recall schedule released as of March 21. However, the March 17 Part 573 report claimed that the planned dealer recall date was March 21.

In a separate repair procedure document, the same company noted that only some of the vehicles in the Subaru recalls will require a full replacement. Specifically, the repair order only applies to ducts produced in April 2015. Those that were built on this date will require three separate parts: the air intake duct, gasket and O ring.

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Hood Latches in Subaru Recalls Could Fail

Cherry Hill, NJ — February 18, 2016 — A new Subaru recall meant to address problems with hood latches includes vehicles with the model years between . A Recall Acknowledgement from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stated that affected vehicles could include hoods that might accidentally open without warning.

The recall population contains a total of 77,000 Subaru Tribeca light vehicles, with manufacture dates ranging from 2004 to 2014 . As the official Part 573 Recall Report notes, this single recall actually centers around two possible causes, both of which could compromise the hood.

This is due to malfunctioning front hood safety and lock assemblies, both manufactured by Johnan America, Inc. The former system could cause a hook to seize up over time and cease functioning correctly: the latter may rust and leave the hood unlocked. Both of these problems have to occur simultaneously to cause an issue. Earlier this year, Subaru became aware of a lawsuit involving a 2006 vehicle in which the hood opened suddenly during use.

In a message to dealers, the manufacturer described the two-phase remedy process, which won’t be possible until the countermeasure parts are available “later this year.” Phase one will consist of an inspection and “interim repair.”

“Retailers will inspect, clean and lubricate the hood safety system and hood lock system,” the message reads. “After this is performed, they will check for proper operation. If it does not work properly, the hood safety system will be replaced with the current style part.”

This February 2 document also announced that owners would be informed within 60 days, with retailers notified as the Subaru recalls continue.

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