Subaru announces two global recalls

The two issues involve valve spring defects in some 2012-2014 cars, and issues with multi-information displays in some 2018 cars.


SINGAPORE – If you’re the proud owner of a new-ish Subaru, you might want to look away now.

Actually, don’t, this information is rather important. Your car’s survival could depend upon it.

Subaru Corporation has just announced two worldwide recalls, one of which has the potential to kill your car prematurely.

The first involves defects in the valve springs of the FA20 and FB20 engine families, in cars made for model years 2012 to 2014. In other words, pay attention if you have a 2.0-litre BRZ, Legacy/Outback, Forester, or Impreza/XV of that vintage.

According to Subaru, the valve springs might fracture under stress, which is categorically Not A Good Thing. Valve spring go ping, engine go boom.

The other issue, thankfully, is far less likely to kill your car. Model Year 2018 Legacies and Outbacks are being recalled to rectify inaccuracies regarding fuel levels and distance estimates shown in the instrument display, which leaves drivers at risk of running out of fuel.

Regional distributor Motor Image is in contact with Subaru and will inform customers, although it probably wouldn’t hurt to contact them and enquire if your car is affected.


Here is the announcement in full:

Subaru Corporation (Subaru) has announced two worldwide recalls for vehicles with possible valve springs defects and those with affected multi-information displays.

Recall of vehicles with affected valve springs

The recall for those with valve spring issues, involves vehicles manufactured from 16 January 2012 – 14 May 2013. The affected models are 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.

The move is a precaution against the possibility that under stress, the valve springs in the affected engines may fracture. This could result in an unusual noise coming from the engine, the engine stalling and not being able to restart.

Motor Image customers across the region, including in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam will be notified about this recall. We will work closely with affected customers to replace the valve springs and related parts, free of charge.

Recall of vehicles with affected multi-information displays

At the same time, Subaru has also announced a recall of the 2018MY Legacy/Outback vehicles, manufactured before 1 August 2018, for potential issues with multi-information displays.

A programming issue may lead to inaccuracies between what is shown on the multi-information display, with regards to the amount of fuel left, and the actual drivable distance left. Subaru is taking a precautionary measure to ensure that information on the fuel gauge and the amount of drivable distance left is accurate.

Motor Image customers across the region, including in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam will be notified about this recall. It will work closely with affected customers to update the software in the multi-information display, free of charge.

Motor Image is committed to the highest safety standards and quality driving experience for all our customers. Motor Image is in constant contact with Subaru Corporation for any further updates and will notify affected customers accordingly.  



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