2016 Steering Column Recall (WTD-65)
Subaru Canada has been advised by our parent company Fuji Heavy Industries that a defect, which relates to motor vehicle safety, exists in certain 2016 model year Legacy and Outback vehicles.
Subaru Canada and Fuji Heavy Industries have identified all affected vehicles. The total number of Subaru’s within the affected production range in Canada is 3309, however not all of the vehicles within the production range were in fact affected. Additionally, of this number, only 1359 have been delivered to customers. Owners of affected units were contacted directly by their selling dealership and will also receive an owner notification letter by mail to advise that their vehicle has been affected.
Transport Canada has not received any complaints from Canadians alleging loss of steering control and is not aware of any related incidents in Canada or in the United States.
Takata Airbag Recall WQR-53
Subaru Canada has been advised by our parent company Fuji Heavy Industries that an earlier recall related to Takata passenger side airbag inflators issued in October 2014 has been expanded to include additional Subaru vehicles. This recall affects 11 auto manufacturers in North America, totalling 34 million vehicles worldwide. Total number of Subaru's affected in Canada is estimated at 12,000.
Newly Affected Vehicles are:
- Certain 2004-2005 Impreza's
- Certain 2004-2005 WRX & WRX STI
- Certain 2005-2008 Outback’s
Subaru Canada and Fuji Heavy Industries are currently identifying all newly affected vehicles, along with preparing replacement parts for all affected vehicles. Due to the large number of vehicles affected worldwide and each inflator being specific to each model and manufacturer, there are significant delays in preparing replacement parts.
Owners of affected vehicles should expect to be notified by mail within 60 days to advise if their vehicle is affected by the recall. Upon receipt of this initial notification letter, owners will be asked to avoid placing occupants in the front passenger seat. As replacement passenger airbag inflators become available, owners will receive a second letter advising them to make arrangements with their local Subaru Dealer to have the passenger airbag inflator replaced.
Subaru Canada will send the second notification letter based upon the age of the passenger airbag inflator installed in their vehicle, with the priority on vehicles equipped with the oldest passenger airbag inflators first.
Transport Canada has not received any complaints from Canadians alleging abnormal deployment of airbags supplied by Takata and is not aware of any related incidents in Canada. Auto manufacturers including Subaru Canada have also confirmed that no abnormal deployments of airbags supplied by Takata have occurred in Canada.
Takata Airbag Recall WQL-48
Subaru Canada has released a recall affecting 2003-2004 Vehicles. Subaru was notified by its supplier that the subject vehicles are equipped with front passenger air bag inflators which could have been assembled with improperly manufactured propellant wafers. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger side frontal air bag, improperly manufactured propellant wafers could cause the inflator to rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the vehicle occupants. The number of Canadian vehicles affected is 1,111.
Brake Line Recall
Subaru Canada has released a voluntary recall on 2005-2009MY Subaru Legacy and Outback, 2008-2011MY Subaru Impreza (except WRX/STI), 2008-2014MY Subaru Impreza WRX/STI, and 2009-2013MY Subaru Forester
Throughout our evaluation and other ongoing reporting systems Subaru has not been made aware of any brake lines corroding to the point of allowing brake fluid to leak.
During routine investigations by our Quality Assurance Department in 2011-2013 in salt belt areas, it was found that typical brake line corrosion had progressed beyond what is normally found in Canadian conditions.
Depending upon driving conditions, salt may spray up onto exposed areas of steel brake lines. After evaluation it was found that brake lines could perforate after 7 or more seasons of winter.
How do I find out if there are any outstanding recalls for my Subaru?
Subaru Canada is more than happy to check for any outstanding recalls on your Subaru. Please email email@example.com or contact us at 1-800-894-4212 with your 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to research this further.
If you ever move or if you have moved, please notify your Subaru dealership, so we can ensure you receive any future communication from Subaru Canada, Inc. You may also update your address information here
If you ever sell your Subaru privately, ask the new owner to notify a Subaru dealership so our records can be updated with his or her contact information.