Subaru Corporation has announced two worldwide recalls for its vehicles relating to valve springs in the engine and multi-information displays. In the case of the valve springs, there is a possibility of fractures occurring under stress while for the multi-information displays, a programming issue may result in inaccurate information being shown.
The recall for vehicles with possible valve spring issues identified as the 2013 Model Year (MY) BRZ, 2013-2014MY Legacy/Outback, 2012-2014MY Forester and 2012-2014MY Impreza/XV equipped with the FA20 engine or FB20 engine. In the event that the springs do fracture, an unusual noise may be heard from the engine and it will stall and not being able to restart.
Only 2018MY Legacy/Outback vehicles manufactured before August 1 2018 are being recalled for the multi-information display issue. The specific information that may be wrong shown is the amount of fuel left, and the actual drivable distance left. The fix will ensure that information on the fuel gauge and the amount of drivable distance left is accurate.
Motor Image, which represents the Subaru brand in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam will notify customers of these recalls. The parts and work done related to the recalls will be borne by the company when carried out at authorised Subaru service centres.
If you own one of the affected vehicles but do not receive any notice, it could be because Motor Image does not have your latest contact details. In such a case, you should contact the company for assistance. It is, however, unclear if the company will assist owners of vehicles which were imported by other parties.
While the issue with the valve springs may bring to mind the Kobe Steel scandal, Subaru had announced earlier in the year that its vehicles are not affected by the data falsification matter. The data falsification related to the strength and durability of Kobe Steel’s aluminium and copper products which are purchased by some 200 companies globally for use in different types of vehicles.