2012 Subaru Legacy, Outback: Recall Alert

February 15, 2012

Subaru is conducting a voluntary safety recall of certain 2012 model year Legacy and Outback vehicles over concerns about a potential defect in side curtain airbags.

2012 Subaru Legacy

2012 Subaru Legacy

A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potential affected units at just 381. Affected Legacy and Outback vehicles were manufactured from December 1, 2011 through December 23, 2011. Documentation from Subaru further identifies the potential affected units as 145 Legacy and 236 Outback models.

The problem

The issue concerns a possible defect in the vehicles’ side curtain airbag inflator in which an incorrect propellant mixture for the initiator component was used, resulting in insufficient output of compressed natural gas.

In such a condition, the side curtain airbags will attempt to deploy, but may not inflate, thus failing to provide adequate protection for occupants and increasing the risk of injury.

What Subaru will do

Subaru will notify owners and dealers will replace one or both side curtain airbag modules with a new one, at no charge. The Subaru safety recall campaign is expected to begin during or before April 2012.

In the meantime, owners of 2012 Subaru Legacy or Outback vehicles with any questions or concerns may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783. Reference the Subaru safety recall campaign number WVZ-36.

Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact the NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to https://www.safercar.gov.  Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 12V047000.

It’s also worth pointing out that certain 20,406 2012 Legacy and Outback vehicles were involved in a December recall, number WVZ-35.

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