As per documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the transmission gear select indicator also becomes inoperative. Subaru can't rule out the inability to start the engine either. Affected vehicles were assembled in the period between February 8, 2021 and August 25, 2022. The inhibitor switch, identified under part number 31918AA120, is produced by Japan's Tokai Rika.
When did Subaru receive the first report from the US market over this problem? That would be June 2021, with the owner alleging that his vehicle failed to display reverse or drive on the combination meter. That very month, the supplier rotated a welding jig out of the production process as part of regular maintenance. Come September 2022, the folks at Tokai Rika identified a defect in the welding jig introduced in switch production back in June 2021.
Rather than issuing a recall then and there, Subaru preferred to continue monitoring field data. Fast forward to November 2023, and the grand total of reports filed with Subaru of America over said condition is 12. On the upside, the Japanese automaker isn't aware of any crashes or injuries related to defective switches that failed as a result of water ingress.
Remedy switches have been manufactured with an appropriate weld that doesn't allow water to get in. Owners who paid to have the inhibitor switch replaced prior to the publishing of safety recall number 23V-755 are eligible for reimbursement.
Redesigned for the 2025 model year on a stiffer version of the Subaru Global Platform, the Forester isn't the best-selling Scooby out there. As far as the United States of America is concerned, the sales champ is the Outback due to 135,277 deliveries from January 2023 through October 2023. Who said wagons (posing as crossovers) aren't cool anymore?
The Legacy is best described as the four-door sibling of the Outback, a sedan with slightly cleaner looks than the heavily cladded wagon. Pricing for the Outback and Legacy starts at $28,895 and $24,895, respectively, whereas the Forester and Crosstrek presently sticker at $27,095 and $24,995 in the US.