Subaru Crosstrek, Impreza and Forester issued by Transport Canada

Subaru Crosstrek, Impreza and Forester issued by Transport Canada

Subaru was struck by 2 recalls which specifically affected the Crosstrek, the Impreza and the Forester. More than 90,000 vehicles are in the crosshairs.

Subaru is forced to make a recall and a corrective on another recall concerning a problem of tuning and programming. The Crosstrek, Impreza and Forester are targeted.

The first recall affects the 2019 Subaru Forester , 2018 and 2019 Crosstrek as well as the 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid . It appears that on certain vehicles there may be too much distance between the bolts of the rear stabilizer bar bracket. Only able to be tightened to the lower end of spec, they could loosen over time and even fall off altogether, which could result in loss of stability.

Subaru Crosstrek, Impreza and Forester issued by Transport Canada

The affected 2018 and 2019 Subaru Crosstreks were manufactured between May 9, 2017 and May 29, 2019. For hybrids, it is between September 11, 2018 and May 7, 2019. As for the Forester, it is the period between July 4, 2018 and June 3, 2019 that could be problematic. In Canada, just for this specific recall, potentially 39,502 units will need to be inspected and adjusted if necessary.

Here is the recall as issued by Transport Canada: 

Problem : On certain vehicles, the rear stabilizer bracket bolts may loosen after a period of time. This could cause a clicking noise from the rear of the vehicle. As you continue to drive with this problem, the bolts may fall off, which could negatively impact the stability of the vehicle.

Safety Risks : Reduced vehicle stability could cause loss of control and increase the risk of an accident.

Corrective actions: Subaru must notify owners by mail and ask them to take their vehicle to a dealership to inspect the condition of the rear stabilizer bracket bolts and tighten them if necessary. If a bolt is missing, the dealer will replace it with a new one.

Subaru Crosstrek, Impreza and Forester issued by Transport Canada

Subaru Impreza 2017

The second recall only affects Subaru Impreza assembled between July 1, 2016 and June 17, 2019; As for the Crosstrek, we are targeting the period between May 9, 2017 and May 8, 2019. More important than the previous one, this recall involves 52,863 vehicles in Canada alone.

This recall is for a failure on the programming side of the control unit that could continue to send current to the ignition coil longer than necessary. In this way, the temperature could rise unnecessarily, causing a short circuit and blowing the fuse. De facto, it is conceivable to believe in the possibility of a loss of power, but, above all, it would be impossible to restart the vehicle.

Here is the recall as issued by Transport Canada: 

Problem : In certain vehicles, the engine control module (ECM) may have been improperly programmed. As a result, the internal temperature of the ignition coils could increase. This could cause a short circuit and a blown fuse, as well as a sudden loss of motive power and an inability to restart the engine immediately.
Note: This recall replaces WUQ-02 (Transport Canada Recall 2019-526). Vehicles repaired under this recall will also need to be repaired under this recall.

Safety Risks : A sudden loss of engine power could increase the risk of an accident.

Corrective Actions : Subaru will notify owners by mail. Affected owners will need to take their vehicle to a dealership to have the engine control module (ECM) reprogrammed as needed and to have the ignition coils replaced. In the case of vehicles with damage to the ignition coils, if a certain trouble code (DTC) is recorded, the front exhaust pipe will also need to be replaced.

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