Subaru has issued a recall for more than 18,000 Forester and WRX vehicles from the 2015 and 2016 model years. A bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that some of those vehicles may suffer from an engine problem that could cause them to stall in traffic.
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The stalling is linked to a faulty turbocharger component, which--like the brake calipers on the Jeep and Dodge models recalled yesterday--was manufactured using the wrong material. NHTSA says that the turbocharger air intake duct may crack, and as a result, the engine may "develop a rough idle, reduced power and possibly stall."
The recall affects 18,200 vehicles manufactured on the following dates:
- 2015-2016 Forester 2.0XT vehicles built between April 10, 2015 and October 20, 2015
- 2015-2016 WRX vehicles built between April 10, 2015 and October 21, 2015
The good news is that NHTSA documents show only one report of stalling, filed by an owner in Australia last December. The problem is serious enough, however, to warrant a recall.
Subaru will mail recall notices to owners, asking them to take their vehicles to dealerships for service. Dealers will inspect the turbocharger air intake duct and replace it, if necessary.
If you own one of these vehicles and have questions, you're encouraged to contact Subaru customer service at 800-782-2783 and ask about recall WTA-62. Alternately, you can call NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign #16V162000.