Car recall issued to almost 200,000 popular Subaru cars because of simple fuel pump glitch

Car recall issued to almost 200,000 popular Subaru cars because of simple fuel pump glitch

Car recalls have been issued to four Subaru models including their popular Impreza hatchback and Legacy machine. A total of 188,207 vehicles have been recalled with Subaru expecting only a handful of vehicles to suffer from the major issue. 

The defect fuel pumps could crack which may lead to excessive fuel absorption which could cause a car to suddenly stall. 

A Subaru statement said: “If the surface of the lower density impeller is exposed to solvent drying for longer periods of time, it may develop fine cracks. 

“Those cracks may lead to excessive fuel absorption, resulting in impeller deformation. 

“Over time, the impeller may become deformed enough to interfere with the body of the fuel pump, potentially causing the low pressure fuel pump to become inoperative.”

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Subaru have confirmed the recall will affect 86,278 of their Outback wagon models with a further 40,950 Subaru Ascent SUV included. 

An extra 40,000 Imprezas and over 20,000 Legacy sedans are also included in the files published to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). 

A Subaru spokesperson confirmed to the issue was not applicable to the UK market and mainly affected US vehicles. 

Subaru have confirmed all the vehicles suffering from the issue were built between June 2018 and February 2019. 

Not all recalled vehicles will have the issue with Subaru only expecting around four percent of cars to suffer from the issue. 

The car manufacturer will contact owners when the recall begins on June 5 and will offer replacement parts for free. 

Spare parts will be delivered to dealers later this month and motorists will be able to get them fitted once a limited supply is available. 

Motorists in the US can check whether their vehicle has an outstanding recall by putting their 14 digit vehicle identification number into the NHTSA website.

Experts recommend drivers check this regularly as manufacturers issue recalls on a regular basis for many older vehicles. 

Motorists in the UK can find similar information by searching for their number plate on the DVLA’s recall service. 

Although this issue is not expected to be found on Subaru models in the UK, motorists may find they have failed to get a previous recall fitted on their car.

Subaru is still warning motorists about the widespread Takata airbag issue which plagued countless manufacturers across the world. 

Subaru says it is committed to keeping owners safer and informed and will continue to fix issues with Takata airbags until all vehicles are repaired. 

The firm says their Takata issues only relate to the passenger side front airbag in certain models because the driver side front airbags were not equipped with a Takata inflator.

Published at Mon, 27 Apr 2020 10:44:00 +0000