Subaru Recall: A 2019 Subaru Legacy

Subaru is recalling more than 2,000 cars and wagons that may not hold up in a crash because of a faulty weld at the factory, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

The issue affects 2019 Legacy sedans and Outback wagons, and is caused by poor welds on a key body component. That means the vehicles’ overall body structures aren’t as strong as they should be, NHTSA says, and they may not perform as designed in a crash.

According to the automaker, the poor welds were made by a robotic welder that hadn’t been cleaned properly. Although a total of 2,107 vehicles are affected, a Subaru spokesperson told CR via email that the majority of affected vehicles have not yet been delivered to dealerships from the factory, and that fewer than 20 of the affected vehicles are in customer hands.

Unlike most recalls, where a dealer can perform a repair, these sedans and wagons will have to be sent back to the factory for a fix. Owners will have the option of exchanging their vehicle for a new one, having Subaru buy it back, or taking back their vehicle after it has been repaired at the factory.

It’s rare for an automaker to replace a vehicle rather than repair it, but the issue happened last year when nine Subaru Ascent vehicles also had improper welds. The issue with the Ascent involved improperly programmed computers, NHTSA said at the time.

The Details

Vehicles recalled: 2,107 of the 2019 Subaru Legacy sedans and Outback wagons manufactured from May 31, 2019 through June 6, 2019.

The problem: Robotic welders at a part supplier’s factory were not cleaned properly. As a result, certain welds were not correctly applied.

The fix: Subaru will send the vehicles back to the factory, where they will be repaired or replaced at no charge to the owner. Customers will have the option of having their vehicles bought back by Subaru or exchanged for a new Subaru vehicle. The recall is expected to begin on July 26.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 844-373-6614. Subaru's number for this recall is WUH-93.

NHTSA campaign number: 19V493

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