Recalls for 2010 Subaru Forester

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NHTSA Vehicle Safety Recalls


Recall Number: 14V830000

Recall Date: 12/31/2014

Component: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC

Problem Summary: Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2008-2011 Impreza, 2008-2014 WRX and STI, and 2009-2013 Forester vehicles, currently, or formerly, registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia that were remedied under recall 14V-311 prior to December 23, 2014. The brake lines may experience brake line corrosion due to salt water splashing on the brake lines through a gap in the fuel tank protector.

Consequence: Brake fluid may leak due to the brake line corrosion and may result in longer distances being required to slow or stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

What Owners Should Do: Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will apply an anti-corrosion wax to the four-way joint connector area of the brake line system, free of charge. The recall began on January 27, 2015. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's number for this recall is WQQ-52. Notes: This recall is specific to affected Forester, Impreza, WRX, and STI customers who had their car remedied under NHTSA recall no. 14V-311 prior to December 23, 2014. Subaru has determined that this remedy was inadequate due to incomplete repair instructions provided to dealers. Affected Forester, Impreza, WRX, and STI vehicles that were not repaired under NHTSA recall no. 14V-311 prior to December 23, 2014 will continue to be processed under NHTSA recall no. 14V-311. Affected vehicles not currently, or formerly, registered in the salt belt states identified in this recall are eligible for repair, at no cost to the customer, upon request.

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Recall Number: 14V311000

Recall Date: 06/10/2014

Component: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS

Problem Summary: Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2005-2009 Outback and Legacy, 2008-2011 Impreza and 2008-2014 Impreza WRX/STI, and 2009-2013 Forester vehicles, currently, or formerly, registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. Salt water could splash on the brake lines through a gap in the fuel tank protector, resulting in excessive corrosion of the brake lines. Note that affected vehicles not currently, or formerly registered, in the salt belt states identified above are eligible for repair, at no cost to the customer, upon request.

Consequence: Brake line corrosion may result in brake fluid leakage. Fluid leakage may result in longer distances being required to slow or stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

What Owners Should Do: Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will test the brake system by depressing the brake pedal and inspecting for brake fluid leaks. If no brake fluid seepage is observed, the affected areas will be rustproofed with anti-corrosion wax. If brake fluid seepage is observed, the brake lines will be replaced followed by rustproofing with anti-corrosion wax. These services will be performed free of charge. The recall began July 2014 and second notifications will run through November 2014. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's recall campaign number is WQK-47. Note: This recall supersedes recall 13V-110 which applied to certain 2005-2009 Legacy/Outback vehicles. Vehicles that were remedied under the previous campaign still need additional areas rust-proofed.

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Recall Number: 12V602000

Recall Date: 12/26/2012

Component: EXTERIOR LIGHTING

Problem Summary: SUBARU IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 AND 2011 LEGACY AND OUTBACK VEHICLES, CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2006 THROUGH 2012 TRIBECA VEHICLES SOLD BEFORE JANUARY 2012, AND CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2009 THROUGH 2012 FORESTER VEHICLES SOLD BEFORE JANUARY 2012. UP TO 53,999 OF THESE VEHICLES MAY HAVE BEEN EQUIPPED WITH ACCESSORY PUDDLE LIGHTS THAT, WHEN ILLUMINATED, BRIGHTEN THE AREA UNDER THE DOORS OF THE VEHICLE. A SHORT CIRCUIT CAN DEVELOP WHEN EITHER THE PUDDLE LIGHT OR CONNECTOR ARE EXPOSED TO AN ELECTROLYTIC MOISTURE SOURCE (SUCH AS ROAD SPRAY THAT HAS ROAD SALT IN IT) AND IT PENETRATES THE CIRCUIT BOARD OF THE PUDDLE LIGHT OR THE PINS OF THE PUDDLE LIGHT CONNECTOR(S).

Consequence: OVER TIME, MIGRATION OF THE MOISTURE INTO THE CIRCUIT BOARD AND/OR INTO THE CONNECTOR CAVITY, MAY RESULT IN A SHORT CIRCUIT OF THE PUDDLE LIGHT SYSTEM. THIS MAY GENERATE HEAT WHICH MAY MELT THE PLASTIC RESULTING IN SMOKE OR FIRE.

What Owners Should Do: SUBARU WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL INSTALL AN ADDITIONAL FUSED-HARNESS, FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING FEBRUARY 2013. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-782-2783 FOR MORE INFORMATION.

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Recall Number: 12V099000

Recall Date: 03/13/2012

Component: SEAT BELTS:REAR

Problem Summary: SUBARU IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2009-2012 FORESTER VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM NOVEMBER 26, 2007, THROUGH MARCH 13, 2012. THE AUTOMATIC LOCKING RETRACTOR IN THE SEAT BELT ASSEMBLIES LOCATED IN THE REAR CENTER SEATING OF THE AFFECTED VEHICLES DO NOT MEET LOCKABILITY REQUIREMENTS AND FAIL TO COMPLY WITH FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 208, ¿OCCUPANT CRASH PROTECTION.¿ SPECIFICALLY, THE ASSEMBLIES MAY NOT PERMIT PROPER INSTALLATION AND SECURE ATTACHMENT OF A CHILD RESTRAINT IN THAT SEATING POSITION.

Consequence: AN INSECURE INSTALLATION OF A CHILD RESTRAINT CAN INCREASE THE RISK OF INJURY TO A CHILD DURING A CRASH.

What Owners Should Do: SUBARU WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE REAR CENTER SEAT BELT ASSEMBLY WITH A NEWLY MODIFIED AUTOMATIC LOCKING RETRACTOR, FREE OF CHARGE. AN INTERIM LETTER WAS MAILED ON MARCH 26, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-782-2783.

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