An issue with a valve spring could cause problems with 2.0-litre Subaru models.

Subaru has recalled the 2012/13 Impreza, Forester, and XV, along with the 2013 BRZ, over concerns about a defective engine valve spring.

According to the company, there's a chance the valve spring will fracture, making the engine stall and not restart. If the car stalls unexpectedly and can't be restarted, there's a safety risk to the driver and other road users around them.

A total of 1010 BRZs, 8383 Imprezas, 767 Foresters and 14,413 XVs are included in the campaign, all fitted with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine.

Subaru will contact owners of the affected vehicles when replacement are available, and advise them to get in touch with their nearest dealership for a free fix.