Subaru of America has issued a recall for its Outback and Legacy vehicles from the 2012 model year. At issue is a problem with the airbag system, which could lead to serious injury in the event of an accident.
The problem stems from an incorrect mixture of propellant that's used to deploy the side-curtain airbags. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the propellant causes an insufficient output of compressed gas, which means that the airbags may not inflate properly, or in some cases, they might not deploy at all.
The flaw affects vehicles manufactured between December 1 and December 23, 2011. All told, 381 vehicles are subject to recall.
If you believe you own one of the affected vehicles, you may have to wait just a bit for confirmation: Subaru isn't expected to begin notifying owners about the recall until early April. At that time, you'll be able to take your vehicle to a Subaru dealer, who will inspect and replace one or both side-curtain airbags.
Should you have questions in the meantime, we encourage you to call Subaru directly at 800-782-2783 and ask about recall #WVZ-36. Alternately, you can call the NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and inquire about campaign #12V047000.