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Another Safety Recall for 2010/2011 Subaru Legacy and Outback

Friday, July 23, 2010

Following two previous recalls on unrelated issues in May and June, Subaru has announced a third recall on its new Legacy sedan and Outback vehicles. July's [...] recall affects a total of 809 of its 2010-2011MY Legacy and Outback models manufactured from April 28 through June 23, 2010, because an oil lubrication hole was not drilled on the 6-speed manual transmission.

The automaker told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that hole was omitted "due to a programming error".

According to the safety agency, because the transmission gears are not properly lubricated, the gears will eventually break. NHSTA added that a groaning sound may begin to develop alerting the driver of the problem.

Subaru said dealers will repair the vehicles by drilling an oil lubrication hole and, if necessary, replace any damaged internal parts with new ones free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on or about August 6, 2010. Owners of the affected models can contact the automaker at 1-800-782-2783.



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By Mark Kleis

Although Subaru has enjoyed healthy and record sales over the last year, the small-yet-emerging automaker continues to be plagued by recalls.

On March 22nd, Subaru announced the recall of the 2010 Tribeca concerning a faulty door latch which could result in the front door opening without warning. Following that recall, the 2010 Outback and Legacy models were recalled concerning a coolant hose leak involving the CVT transmission in May.

Not long after the May recall, Subaru announced another recall for the 2010 Outback and Legacy, that time due to faulty wiring which could cause malfunctioning of several features, including the airbag system and cruise control. Now, for the third time this year, the 2010 Outback and Legacy are facing another recall based on a production mishap that resulted in a missing lubrication hole for the six-speed manual transmission (some 2011 models also included).

The recall only involves 809 vehicles, which were identified to have the problem based on the computer records. “Due to a programming error, a lubrication hole within the six-speed manual transmission was omitted,” said NHTSA, according to Inside Line. “If the transmission gears are not properly lubricated, a groaning sound may begin to develop, alerting the driver to a problem. If this sound is ignored and no action is taken, the gears will eventually break and this condition will lead to vehicle power loss, possibly resulting in a crash.”

Subaru has issued a stop-sale on the known units until the issue can be repaired, with the official consumer recall beginning on August 6th, 2010.



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