Subaru of America recently announced that it would recall 466,205 cars. It involves the 2017-2019 model year Imprezas and 2018-2019 Crosstreks. Notifications will go out by mid-June to fix potentially malfunctioning ignition coils that degrade over time. The breakdown of coils causes the vehicle to stall. Dealerships will replace the engine coils and check and update the autos’ engine control module. The good news is that there are few reports, no crashes and no reported injuries due to this issue.
Unfortunately, there is also another Subaru recall for the same time involving loose rear stabilizer brackets on 405,000 2019 Crosstreks and Foresters models. The dealer will check and retorque the bracket so it does not become dangerously loose and cause damage to the vehicle or others. As with the above recall, there are no reports of accidents or injuries and few reports of the issue.
Not sure what to do?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is typically the best to turn for information when the recalls are announced. Owners go to the website to determine if there is a recall on their vehicle by entering the VIN number. They should then schedule an appointment to get the necessary work done.
Sometimes the dealer can’t fix the issue
These two recalls are extensive in scope, but the fixes appear to be relatively straightforward. Sometimes dealers cannot resolve the recall issues during the first, second or subsequent visit to the repair shop. If the problem persists, auto owners can pursue legal action under all applicable state and federal lemon laws. These laws help protect consumers who spend large amounts of money to buy new or used vehicles still under warranty. Resolutions can involve manufacturers replacing or repurchasing the lemon, and they may also be obligated to pay addition money to cover expenses.