For all potentially affected vehicles, the Japanese automaker has taken upon itself to clean the seating surfaces of the two bolts of the center support brace. What's more, dealers have also been instructed to install new bolts rather than reuse the old ones.
As per documents filed with the federal watchdog, the folks at Subaru of America will inform owners via first-class mail no later than November 20. Attached below, the safety recall report further states that Subaru started inspecting the propeller shaft center support assembly on April 4 in order to prevent this blunder from ever happening again.
One day earlier, Subaru identified an improperly torqued bolt on the propeller shaft center support brace of a newly manufactured vehicle. Even though Subaru initiated a 100-percent inspection the following day in response to said anomaly, the company also opened an investigation with the supplier to get to the root cause of this problem.
The decision to recall said vehicles came on September 14. Subaru isn't aware of any potentially related accident or injury reports. Suspect build dates range between March 20 and March 29 for the Ascent (make that 1,403 examples in total), March 21 and March 31 for the Outback and Legacy (2,490 and 366 units), and March 22 through March 31 for the Impreza (264 sedans and 148 hatchbacks).
Replacing the poor-selling Tribeca, the Ascent is a family-oriented crossover with seating for seven to eight peeps. Based on the Subaru Global Platform of pretty much every Subaru in production today (except for the rear-drive BRZ and zero-emission Solterra), the family hauler carries a starting price of $34,194 for the 2024 model year at press time.
The Outback may be marketed as a crossover, but we all know that it's a wagon on stilts. The mid-size longroof can be yours for as little as $28,895 (before destination charge and options). The poor-selling Legacy starts at $24,895, whereas the redesigned Impreza comes with five doors exclusively for the 2024 model year. The Crosstrek's lesser brother is currently available to configure from $22,995 upward.
Internally referred to as GU, the sixth-gen Impreza isn't available with a manual transmission. A chain-type continuously variable transmission will have to make do, a CVT with 8-speed manual shifting mode for the better-equipped Sport and RS trim levels.