Vehicles Affected: Approximately 500 model-year 2009-13 Subaru Forester SUVs, model-year 2008-11 Impreza sedans, model-year 2005-14 Legacy sedans, model-year 2005-14 Outback wagons, model-year 2006-08 Tribeca SUVs and model-year 2008-14 WRX sedans equipped with a mechanical key ignition switch installed as a replacement part
The Problem: The ball spring inside the switch may break, reducing the strength of the ignition switch. If this occurs, the weight on the key ring and certain road conditions could cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position to the accessory position, turning off the engine and increasing the risk of a crash. If a crash occurs under this condition, the airbag also may not deploy, increasing the risk of injury.
The Fix: Dealers will inspect the ignition switch and replace it, if necessary, for free.
What Owners Should Do: Subaru will begin notifying owners May 10. Owners can call the automaker at 844-373-6614, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit its website to check their vehicle identification number and learn more.
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