By Jennifer Geiger on August 12, 2013
Subaru is recalling 202 model-year 2014 versions of the Legacy and Outback and model-year 2013 versions of the Tribeca due to a problem with the transmission, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The affected vehicles were manufactured from June 12 through June 28, 2013 (check your vehicle's build date on a sticker on the driver-side doorjamb), and are equipped with an automatic transmission. The parking rod could come loose inside the automatic transmission, which would prevent the vehicle from being taken out of the Park gear. "Furthermore, even with the transmission shifted into the Park position, the parking mechanism may not engage, and the vehicle may roll away while in the Park position, increasing the risk of a crash," NHTSA said in a statement.
Subaru will notify owners by the end of August, and dealers will update the transmission for free. Owners can call Subaru at 800-782-2783 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.
Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Geiger is a reviewer, car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats, many of them while driving a minivan. Email Jennifer