Certain Legacy, Outback, and Impreza models are now under recall due to a faulty relay that could cause fires.
More than 100,000 Subaru vehicles spanning four models and a range of model years are now being recalled. Certain Legacy, Outback, Impreza, and Forester vehicles will have to have a relay controlling a secondary air injection pump replaced over fire concerns.
The air injection pump, which may run continuously and overheat, has been documented to melt and cause fires in at least two incidents. Thankfully, government documents show that no owners were injured in the fires, and that “check engine” lights warned drivers of a potential issue beforehand. At least five other issues with the relay were reported on the documents, but did not cause fires.
The recall, which was put into place on October 11, affects only those vehicles equipped with a turbocharged engine, and includes the 2007-2009 model year Legacy and Outback, the 2008-2014 Impreza, and the 2009-2013 Forester. Exactly 100,127 vehicles are under the recall, the recall not affecting any vehicles produced after the 2014 model year.
To fix the issue, Subaru will notify owners specifically by mail if their vehicle has been affected. Dealers will then be able to replace the relay free of charge. Subaru hasn’t yet provided a notification schedule.
This second Subaru recall follows an earlier recall in September of nearly 600,000 Legacy and Outback vehicles. Those vehicles were also prone to fire risk due to an improperly manufactured windshield wiper motor cover. Both fixes will be done free of charge by Subaru.