Over 5000 sedans and crossover wagons asked back for potentially faulty driving range readings.

Subaru Australia has issued a recall for the 2018 Liberty and Outback over concerns vehicles may not display the correct driving range.

The Japanese manufacturer reports affected models could feature a programming error in the Combination Meter Display (CMD), which could cause the driving range indicator to display an inaccurate reading for the distance before refuelling.

While the driving range could be inaccurate, Subaru says the low fuel warning light will still illuminate when the fuel level is critically low.

"Drivers who rely solely on the indicated driving range (without reference to the fuel level indicator), may inadvertently run out of fuel," the company says on the recall notice.

"If a vehicle runs out of fuel, the engine will stall and may not be able to be restarted. Inability to restart a stalled engine could cause a safety risk to the vehicle occupants and/or other road users."

There are 1187 Libertys and 4096 Outbacks included in this recall – a VIN list for affected Liberty models can be viewed here, and the list for recalled Outbacks is accessible here.

Build dates for these vehicles are set at the start of MY18 production through to 1 August 2018.

Owners will be contacted via mail and advised "not to rely solely on the CMD driving range", as reprogramming equipment isn't scheduled to be available until February 2019.

Subaru Australia will contact owners again once the repair equipment becomes available, with the work to be carried out free of charge.

In the meantime, drivers are advised to refuel as soon as the low fuel light illuminates, or when the gauge reaches the quarter full mark.

For more information contact 1300 550 994.