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by Tim Beissmann

Subaru Australia has today announced a recall of 8827 of its 2010 Model Year Subaru Outback and Liberty vehicles because of a potential wiring fault within the steering roll connector.

Fuji Heavy Industries, the maker of Subaru vehicles, advised Subaru Australia that broken wiring may affect the operation of the steering wheel mounted cruise or audio controls, the horn, gearshift paddles (if equipped) and possibly illuminate the airbag warning light. Illumination of the airbag warning light cancels operation of the airbag system.

Subaru Australia spokeswoman, Alicia Cannon, said Subaru was aware of approximately five instances of faults in the recalled vehicles globally. It made the decision to conduct a safety-related recall because cancellation of the driver’s side airbag function and non-operation of the horn are considered safety risks.

The recall applies to 4894 Liberty vehicles and 3933 Outbacks. Subaru Australia confirmed it is currently in the process of writing to all customers affected by the recall.

The recall will involve an inspection of the potentially affected steering wheel roll connectors and a replacement if necessary. All inspection and rectification work will be conducted at Subaru’s expense.

Australian customers after more information are encouraged to contact Subaru Customer Relations on 1800 226 643.