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Subaru is recalling 497,922 vehicles to replace front passenger airbag inflators. These same vehicles were part of a recall in which defective Takata airbag inflators received temporary replacements until permanent ones were available.

The recalled airbag inflators may explode if a propellant they contain degrades after long-term exposure to high humidity or extreme temperatures, according to documents released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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In this type of explosion, sharp metal fragments could strike the driver or passengers and cause serious injury or death. Subaru said there have been no crashes or deaths related to the issue.

Subaru already has begun notifying owners of affected Subaru vehicles, and General Motors has begun notifying owners of affected Saab vehicles that are based on the Subaru Impreza.

GM did not immediately respond to Consumer Reports’ requests for comment.

Across many car brands, tens of millions vehicles equipped with defective Takata airbags are under recall because these airbags may explode, according to NHTSA. 

The Details

Vehicles Recalled
2009 to 2013 Subaru Forester
2003 to 2006 Subaru Baja
2004 to 2011 Subaru Impreza
2004 to 2014 Subaru WRX (Including STi models)
2003 to 2014 Subaru Legacy 
2003 to 2014 Subaru Outback
2005 to 2006 Saab 9-2X

The problem: The airbag inflators may explode because of propellant degradation after long-term exposure to high humidity, extreme temperatures, and temperature cycling. An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants, resulting in serious injury or death. 

The fix: Dealers will replace the passenger airbag inflators, free of charge.

How to contact the manufacturer: Subaru owners may contact Subaru customer service at 844-373-6614. Saab owners may contact Saab customer service at 800-955-9007. There are three recall numbers for this issue: TKA-20, TKB-20, and TKC-20.

NHTSA campaign numbers: 20V003000, 20V002000, 20V001000. Owners can look up their 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) or the make, model, and year of their vehicle on NHTSA’s website to find out whether their vehicle is affected by this recall.

If you plug your car’s VIN into NHTSA’s 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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A car that is part of the Subaru recall