Subaru recalls have been issued impacting nearly 900,000 models. One relates to an ignition coil defect; another relates to rear stabilizer brackets.
Subaru issued a statement on April 15 regarding a pair of safety recalls. One of these recalls impacts the ignition coils on a little more than 466,000 Impreza and Crosstrek vehicles. The other recall has to do with a rear suspension, stabilizer bracket on 405,000 Forester and Crosstrek models.
At issue on the ignition coil recall is an improperly programmed engine control module (ECM). Under certain conditions, the ignition coil can remain energized longer than intended after the engine is turned off. In this scenario, the internal temperature of the coil can get too high causing a short circuit and subsequent blown fuse.
If this were to happen after the vehicle is parked, it would likely not start back up next time. If the car is moving, “the vehicle may experience a loss of motive power while driving without the ability to immediately restart the engine, increasing the risk of a crash”, according to Subaru. The defect is estimated to affect 100% of the 466,225 subject vehicles, which are categorized as follows:
This issue dates to 2017 when Subaru received the first technical report on it and began investigating causes with the ECM and ignition coil supplier. A key finding was that the “occurrence rate appears to increase with the number of engine OFF cycles.” Subaru is telling owners to watch for irregular vibrations or a cylinder misfire, during vehicle operation, as identifiers of the problem.
To fix the defect, Subaru dealers will reprogram the ECM and update the software along with inspecting the ignition coils for any damage, cracking, fissures, etc. Customers can expect the reprogramming and inspection to take about 30 minutes. If damage is discovered, the coils will be replaced and the repair may take longer. As well, the exhaust front pipe will be replaced, due to potential catalytic converter damage, if the following diagnostic codes are found:
The suspension recall is due to the potential for rear stabilizer bracket bolts to come loose. Typically, a stabilizer bar system is made of several components that work together to reduce body roll and fine-tune the suspension. Not only could a loose bracket affect the handling of the vehicle, but it could also interfere with other suspension parts, causing damage. This recall affects 2019 Foresters and Crosstreks, totaling about 405,000 vehicles. Dealers will be examining the bracket and re-torque the bolts as necessary.
Subaru is reporting no accidents or injuries related to either recall, at this time. They will be mailing notifications to owners by mid-June and in both cases, the repairs will be carried out at no cost to customers. Owners can input their VIN into the NHTSA site www.nhtsa.gov/recalls for details on any open recalls or call Subaru at 844-373-6614 for more information.