Camden, NJ – May 11, 2021 – Subaru (OTCMKTS: FUJHY) has recalled 466,205 vehicles with an incorrectly programmed Engine Control Module (ECM), which is a component that controls over 100 elements in these cars. The issue may cause the car to stall, potentially leading to an accident.
The Subaru ECM Recall includes the following vehicles:
- 2017 Subaru Impreza
- 2018 Subaru Impreza
- 2019 Subaru Impreza
- 2018 Subaru Crosstrek
- 2019 Subaru Crosstrek
The defective part of the vehicle is the ignition coil, part number 22433AA741.
Ignition coils are part of the car ignition system and convert the voltage of the car battery into energy needed to start the car. Due to faulty programming, the ECM is going to continue “instructing” the coils to do their job even after the engine is off. This may result in the coils short-circuiting. If this occurs when the car is in motion, the vehicle may stall, increasing the risk of crash.
This recall follows on the heels of a 2019 recall of the same cars for the same exact issue. It is being conducted again as Subaru discovered that the ECM reprogramming that was done last time was not sufficient to fully remedy the issue.
For risks of stalling while driving, please see this recent Kia article.
During the motion of the vehicle, when the occupants feel “irregular vibration.” This may mean that the vehicle is about to lose power.
Other similar recalls
Recently, Nissan recalled Infiniti sedans which had a software issue in the ECM. The affected vehicles had stalling issues due to the defect.
Dealers will rectify the flaws in the programming of the ECM and will replace ignition coils and – in some cases – the front exhaust pipes as well. This will be carried out free of charge. The recall began on April 16.
Is your vehicle part of this recall?
Over 465,000 vehicles are being included in this Subaru recall. To do a Subaru recall check if your vehicle is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.