When a manufacturer releases a defective product, it can volunteer to recall it. If the risk is great enough, the government will step in and enforce it. Either way, the consumer may not know about the recall until sometime later.
The Takata airbag recall is among the largest product recalls in history. More than 100 million cars have been affected worldwide, costing billions of dollars. Tap or click here to see the 2.6 million recently added to the list.
Now, another slew of automobiles is being recalled over different safety concerns. Nearly 1 million vehicles are impacted and owners should take action immediately. Read on for details on the fix and what you can do about it.
Did your Subaru make the list?
These new auto recalls are a collection of modes from Subaru. The first affects 466,205 vehicles comprised of the 2017-19 Impreza and 2018-19 Crosstrek models.
Degradation of the engine control module (ECM) programming and ignition coils could cause starting or stalling issues. Subaru reports that this is an infrequent occurrence but will check or update these parts if needed. No accidents or injuries have been reported.
The second recall involves 405,000 2019 Forester and 2019 Crosstrek models. Subaru wants to examine and re-torque the bolts on the rear stabilizer bracket. These can come loose over time and cause damage to surrounding components. Once again, this problem has a low rate of occurrence and no incidents have been reported yet.
In its April 15 announcement, Subaru said it would notify owners via mail within 60 days.
What you can do
Subaru will address the issue as needed free of charge. The carmaker urges owners of affected vehicles to contact a Subaru retailer as soon as they receive the recall notification. Visit subaru.com/find-retailer/index.html and enter your ZIP code to find the closest location to you.
You can contact Subaru at 1-844-373-6614.
Check your VIN
You can check your Subaru’s vehicle identification number, or VIN, at subaru.com/vehicle-recalls.html to see if it’s part of a recall. This also works at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website at nhtsa.gov/recalls.
The NHTSA tool works for any vehicle model and make. Find the official manufacturer’s website or use the NHTSA website. You can find your car’s VIN on the driver’s side interior dash, driver’s side door pillar, on the vehicle title and sometimes your insurance card.