Recalls: Subaru announces recall for 8,000 cars over Takata airbags

Subaru filed a recall with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for a recall over 8,557 cars involved with issues over the Takata-made airbag inflators.

According to the report, the cars are recalled for faulty inflators on some Legacy, Outback, Baja, Impreza, WRX and WRX STI models.

A total of 3151 Legacy, Outback, and Baja models from 2004 and 2004 are affected, while 5,406 Impreza, WRX, and WRX STI models from 2004 are also affected.

The report says the inflators could explode during airbag deployment, affecting the function of the bag in the event of a collision. Subaru will notify owners of affected cars and will repair them for free.

Check out the release after the jump.

RECALL Subject : Front Passenger Air Bag Inflator may Rupture
Report Receipt Date: JUL 07, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V399000
Component(s): AIR BAGS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 8,557
All Products Associated with this Recall
Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)
SUBARU BAJA 2003-2004
SUBARU IMPREZA 2004
SUBARU LEGACY 2003-2004
SUBARU OUTBACK 2003-2004
Manufacturer: Subaru of America, Inc.

SUMMARY:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is conducting a recall of certain model year 2003-2004 Legacy, Outback, and Baja vehicles as well as certain 2004 Impreza (including WRX/STI) vehicles, equipped with Takata-brand front passenger air bag inflators. Upon deployment of the passenger side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.

CONSEQUENCE:
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger side frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the vehicle occupants.

REMEDY:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the inflators in all affected vehicles, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

– By: Chris Chin


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Chris Chin

Chris Chin is the Editor-In-Chief of egmCarTech and is a regular contributor to Automobile Magazine.

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