Subaru Australia has issued a recall for a number of older-generation models to replace potentially faulty ignition switches installed between 17 February 2017 and 14 April 2019.
According to the Japanese brand, vehicles fitted with the affected component could have “imperfections” in the switch’s ball springs, which could see the key position switch from ON to ACC position while the vehicle is in motion.
If the condition occurs, Subaru says: “This will cause the engine to stop running and the power supply to the SRS airbag system will be cut”.
“If the engine stops running, the vehicle will unexpectedly slow down and stop, posing an accident hazard to the occupants of the vehicle and other road users. If the vehicle was involved in a collision at this time, the airbag system would not react as designed, increasing the risk of injury to the driver and/or vehicle occupants.”
Affected model lines by model year are as follows:
- Liberty – MY2004-14
- Outback – MY2004-14
- Forester – MY2009-13
- Tribeca – MY2006-14
- Exiga – MY2009-11
- Impreza – MY2008-11
- WRX/WRX STI – MY2008-14
The VIN list for these affected vehicles is available here. A total of 77 vehicles are affected according to the list.
Known owners will be contacted by Subaru Australia, and booked in for an inspection at their local dealer. If an affected ignition switch is fitted, a replacement unit will be fitted free of charge.
For more information, contact 1300 550 994.