Subaru Recalls More Than 165,000 Cars and SUVs to Fix Stalling Engines

Ascent, Forester, Impreza, Outback, other vehicles are included. A faulty fuel pump is the cause.

2020 Subaru Ascent Photo: Subaru

Subaru is recalling certain vehicles because a fuel pump may fail, causing the engine to suddenly stall. If this happens while the vehicle is in motion, it could cause a crash. The models involved are 2019-2020 Ascent SUVs, 2018 Forester SUVs, 2018-2020 Impreza hatchbacks and sedans, 2018-2020 Legacy sedans, 2018-2020 Outback SUVs, 2018-2019 WRX sedans, and 2018-2019 BRZ coupes.

Before a stall occurs, drivers may notice that the engine runs rough—shaking or making unusually loud noises—or see the check engine light illuminated on the dashboard. In some cases, the vehicle may not start. A Subaru spokesman told CR that there have been no crashes or injuries related to this recall.

This is the second recall related to fuel pumps on Subaru vehicles. The 2018-2019 Toyota 86 coupe, which shares components with the Subaru BRZ, is also included in this recall. In addition, Honda recently issued two similar recalls for vehicles with fuel pumps from the same manufacturer.

The Details

Vehicles recalled: 

The problem: An improperly manufactured fuel pump could develop cracks and fail, which may prevent the vehicle’s engine from starting or cause it to stall while it’s running.

The fix: Dealers will replace the low-pressure fuel pump free of charge. 

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners of affected vehicles should receive a recall notice in September 2021. They may also contact Subaru customer service at 844-373-6614.

NHTSA campaign number: 21V587

To see if your vehicle has an open recall that needs to be addressed, go to NHTSA’s website.

If you plug your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into the website and a recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have one. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly.

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Keith Barry

Despite my love for quirky, old European sedans like the Renault Medallion, it's my passion to help others find a safe, reliable car that still puts a smile on their face—even if they're stuck in traffic. When I'm not behind the wheel or the keyboard, you can find me exploring a new city on foot or planning my next trip.