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Subaru Issues Massive Recall On Potentially Faulty Models Across Australia

Subaru Australia has issued a major recall for multiple older-generation models with potentially faulty ignition switches.

The car manufacturer announced a recall on 77 of its vehicles to replace the affected part installed between February 19, 2017 and April 14, 2019.

Vehicles fitted with the faulty switch are at risk of the key position switching from ON to ACC position while the car is moving.

"This will cause the engine to stop running and the power supply to the SRS airbag system will be cut," the ACCC said in a statement on Monday.

"If the engine stops running, the vehicle will unexpectedly slow down and stop, posing an accident hazard to the occupants of the vehicle and other road users."

If the car is involved in a collision at this time, the airbag system also would not react as designed.

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Affected model lines and years are:

  • Liberty - MY2004 - 2014
  • Outback - MY2004 - 2014
  • Forester - MY2009 - 2013
  • Tribeca - MY2006 - 2014
  • Exiga - MY2009-2018
  • Impreza - MY2008-2011
  • WRX/WRX STI - MY2008-2014

Subaru Australia will contact known owners to book them in for an inspection at their local dealer. If an affected ignition switch is fitted, a replacement unit will be fitted free of charge.

Owners are advised to contact Subaru Australia's Customer Relations Team on 1300 550 994 to book an inspection.

It comes less than a year after Subaru recalled more than 42,000 Liberty and Outback models over concerns the vehicles' brakes may not be able to be applied or released.

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