Subaru announces recalls for two different defects

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A 2010 Subaru Outback

Subaru has announced two recalls, one involving 2010 and 2011 Outback (pictured) and Legacy models, and the other involving various 2002 to 2008 models. Photo Credit: S 400 Hybrid/Wikimedia Commons.

Subaru has announced two recalls because of manufacturing defects that pose significant risks. Windshield wipers on Outback and Legacy models from 2010 and 2011 have a defect and control arms on certain older Impreza, Forester and Saab cars can rust and break.

Windshield wiper motor defect in Subaru Outback and Legacy

Subaru, according to USA Today, has announced a recall for 2010 and 2011 Outback and Legacy models because of a defect in the windshield wiper motors. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the defect, and Subaru will issue a formal recall by November. The motor can overheat, causing the windshield wipers to stop working.

The casing can melt or even catch fire. According to Detroit News, Subaru first received a report of the defect in January and has been investigating the problem. The recall is limited to the 2010 and 2011 model years. Any Outback or Legacy made between Jan. 7, 2010, and May 20, 2011, is affected, according to ConsumerReports, comprising 195,080 cars. Subaru will be contacting owners in November, and dealers will replace the faulty part at no cost. No accidents have been reported, according to the New York Times.

Second Subaru recall concerns faulty control arm

A second Subaru recall has been announced regarding the control arm in the front end of various older Subaru models, according to the New York Times. This recall affects 2002 to 2007 Subaru Impreza models, 2003 to 2008 Foresters and the 2005 to 2006 Saab 9-2X. The control arm can rust and corrode, which can cause it to break. Seven incidents of control arm breakage were recorded, according to, none of which resulted in accidents.

The Saab model was included in the recall because the Saab 9-2X was based on the Subaru Impreza platform. The 9-2x, according to Wikipedia, was designed and built when General Motors owned a partial stake in Fuji Heavy Industries, parent company of Subaru. The car was nicknamed the “Saabaru” as a result. In all, the second recall affects 295,000 cars. However, the second recall only affects cars in 20 U.S. states and Washington D.C.

What to do

Subaru will be notifying owners of cars that are subject to both recalls in November. In both cases, dealers will make the necessary repairs or replace parts for free. In the case of corrosion on control arms, dealers will replace the part or rust-proof it, and windshield wiper motor casings will be replaced, all free of charge. Saab dealers will also make the necessary repairs or replacements on affected Saab 9-2x models. Anyone with any questions about the recalls can contact Subaru at 800-782-2783 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration vehicle safety hotline at 877-327-4236 for more information.


USA Today

New York Times

Detroit News

Wikipedia on the Saab 9-2x

Consumer Reports

US Recall News

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