The Impreza is a pleasant and practical car with the most comfortable ride of any small car we'd tested up to that point. This revsed version brought more rear-seat room, a quieter cabin and better fit and finish than the previous model. While its handling was still fairly agile, this Impreza wasn't as sporty to drive as its predecessor.
Alerts
There are 14 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2011 Subaru Impreza owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

"Brake exhibited excessive wear even though it is used very little during the year, and is gently driven."

Arthur B., IL (2011 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Caliper sticking from time to time"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"All 4 calipers have binding issues likely due to excessive rust"

Anonymous, MT (2011 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"Car was not driven daily. Mainly on weekends. Brakes calipers did not release completely causing premature wear out of brake pads & rotors."

James S., OH (2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"brake light came on due to pad wear; added brake fluid"

Thomas W., IL (2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"Brake exhibited excessive wear even though it is used very little during the year, and is gently driven."

Arthur B., IL (2011 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"had to replace brake pads at 31000"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"Brake rotors needed to be replaced with less than 17,000 miles on car"

Anonymous, MN (2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Was sold a "certified" used Subaru, the rotors needed replacing after less than a year"

Anonymous, ME (2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The Subaru dealer wanted to replace the rotors instead of just turning them; I felt that cars today are having to have the rotors replaced instead of just machined each time the brake pads are replaced. This does not make seance because previous vehicles; (over 15 years ago) could have brake rotors & drums machined and not replaced each time when regular brake pads were replaced."

James S., OH (2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"engine rebuilt under warranty in 2014. Now same problem has come up but I am no longer under warranty"

Holly B., RI (2011 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"oil consumption problem - ignored repeatedly by Subaru for over a year. due to efforts of 1 trustworthy mechanic, finally proved the problem, took engine apart, found leaking valves, replaced short engine block at Subaru's expense. very frustrating"

Anonymous, CT (2011 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

"Needs replaced, slow leak"

Anonymous, WI (2011 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The head gasket went out around 115,000 miles as many do on subaru SOHC engines. It was fixable and did not cause long term damage. Cost $1500 to fix"

Anonymous, MD (2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It's and epidemic on every 2.5l motors made by subaru. After 100k km the head gasket seal broke and oil leaks from the motor.. evrebody I know who owns one is having this issue"

Anonymous, QC (2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"just discovered that there is a leak in the head gasket. major dollars to repair and the car has less than 30,000 miles and less than 5 years old!"

Anonymous, NH (2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer diagnosed leaking head gasket during regular maintenance; two-day appointment to replace."

Michael P., NH (2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Plastic fasteners connecting exterior trim components to the vehicle continually come out and require replacement"

Robert M., ON (2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"backing out of a snowbank or any road snow depth greater than 6 can cause the exterior front bumper to separate from the body and internal plastic lining. Once separated it's a battle to keep the liner and bumper together. plastic fasteners are not able to secure the plastic bumper liner."

Norman Z., OR (2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"The interior of this car is seems to be constructed of the cheapest plastic ever put in a car. Both visors have snapped off, the entire left side vent came off in my hand shortly after acquiring the car. The lid to the between the seat compartment broke and just flops around now. It seems like everytime it is driven something other part ends up on the floor. It is a piece of junk on the inside."

Anonymous, (2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Interior trim around the from windshield rattles at speed. Rattles in the dashboard and glove box area"

Robert M., ON (2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint is peeling from the body. This started when the car was only about one year old."

Anonymous, (2011 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint damaged in small spots on the hood resulting in rust spots."

Anonymous, AK (2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Total exhaust replacement due to deterioration of exhaust system. Basically rusted out"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Two of the three catalytic converters failed a pressure test. When the check engine light and code came on, the car automatically disengages the traction control and cruise control and all kinds of lights go on the dashboard. There is no warning and it took considerable effort to diagnose the problem. Seemed awfully early to lose the catalytic converters."

Norman Z., OR (2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust manifold

"the exhaust manifold cracked and needed to be replaced and it's very expensive"

Anonymous, QC (2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"Seems to be a common issue with Imprezas. The heat sheilds rattle."

Kurt E., PA (2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer heard this noise when in for air bag recall, but was quoted $800 to repair /replace heat shield REDICULOS way over priced"

Anonymous, NE (2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"it's a common problem on every impreza of that generation and subaru is not making any recall. it's really annoying and everytime I go to the garage to repair it it costs me 300$ and after 6 months I need to fix it again!"

Anonymous, QC (2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"suddenly wouldn't shift, then would, etc. It seems subaru clutches are going out about 65,000 miles the mechanic said"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The clutch was no longer working correctly - ended up having to have the car towed to dealership for replacement"

Anonymous, IA (2011 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The throw-out bearing failed while driving. Entire clutch mechanism had to be replaced. $2,000.00"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch had to be replaced. Was not built correctly. Repair mostly covered under extended warranty"

Julian C., AB (2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutched failed catastrophically -- almost stranding me at a traffic light, barely managed to get it back into gear and to a shop -- a short time before transmission failed a second time"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Had to replace transmission *twice* in the last year -- in both cases the thing tore itself apart under normal use. First one had about 85K miles on it, second lasted less than 11,000"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

12V power plug

"The cigarette lighter (or 12V connection) in the center armrest does not work with my USB charger. No electrical connection is made. It has never worked since I bought the car, and it seems to have the wrong shape to work with adapters that plug into cigarette lighters."

Anonymous, UT (2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Tail light went. Dealer replaced it free without appointment"

Anonymous, UT (2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The exterior left front turn light burned out. This caused the blinker to blink twice as fast, which is good, as it told me something was wrong. It was easily fixed."

Anonymous, UT (2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"a common problem on subaru is the exterior lights that takes water in. The rear light of my 2011 hatchback is always full of water everytime it rains. I peirced a couple of holes to evacuate the water but the inside of the light still remains dirty."

Anonymous, QC (2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seats

"driver side heated seat stopped working just before warrantee ran out, was replaced by dealer under warrantee"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

"The engine is knocking and is consuming oil"

Anonymous, QC (2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"Car in Subaru shop for 4 days. Head gasket leak and needed replacing. Probably original part."

Anonymous, ON (2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"oil level drops 2 qts. between oil changes (3500 mi)"

Holly B., RI (2011 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I think oil filter may have not been replaced correctly by mechanic"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"The moon roof leaked but was fixed at dealer"

Anonymous, OR (2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"The car has multiple rattles due to the poor quality of the car"

Allan B., NY (2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattle from back underside"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Bushings

"Seemed to be low kilometres for this problem to arise"

J M., ON (2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

"Bushings needed replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Road noise that turned out to require bearing replacement"

Anonymous, MN (2011 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"My car started rough shifting last winter. Enough to scare me. After doing research online, he discovered it was a known Subaru problem with no recall. He topped off the transmission fluid and it still shifts rough in cold weather, but not as bad. I am selling my Imprezza even though it;s not paid off. I've never done this with any previous car. I normally put 100,000 to 200,000 miles on my car before I sell it."

Anonymous, WA (2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

"Have had fluid and filter replaced. This helped some, bit on strong acceleration, the transmission slips between 2nd and 3rd"

Anonymous, NE (2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen freezes up

"My car came equipped with TomTom and the it started being a problem In February of 2015 with only 13,000 miles on it. The display would fail and the touch screen would also fail. The entire device failed by June and was replace with an aftermarket car stereo and I use my smart phone for nav."

Anonymous, WA (2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"When we start the car, we have to manually connect the iphone7 with the car 5-7 times before it will pair. EACH TIME the car is started. This is ridiculous. We will NEVER again use a subaru factory radio. The fact that subaru was too cheap to ensure their radio works with the most popular brand of cell phone (Iphone) shows arrogance and insensitivity to customers needs. If this isn't done you cannot receive or make a hands free phone call in the car."

Geoffrey H., NY (2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Dealer diagnosed and replaced A/C compressor when cabin cooling failed."

Michael P., NH (2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"The catalytic converter needed to be replaced. It was covered under an extended warranty from Subaru CA"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Subaru Impreza 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

"Had to replace the drive shaft"

Anonymous, CT (2011 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Due to the coronavirus and not driving the vehicle as often the battery has drained twice."

Anonymous, WI (2011 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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Recalls
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AIR BAGS
Jan 02, 2020
An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2009-2013 Forester, 2003-2006 Baja, 2004-2011 Impreza, 2004-2014 WRX (including STI), 2003-2014 Legacy and Outback, and 2005-2006 Saab 9-2X vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in the states of Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming or "Zone C." These vehicles had their passenger frontal air bag inflators previously replaced under a prior recall using inflators of the same design. The inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, temperature and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify their owners. General Motors will notify Saab owners. Dealers will replace the passenger air bag inflators, free of charge. The recall began January 7, 2020. Subaru owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Saab owners may contact the Saab Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-955-9007. Subaru's number for this recall is TKC-20.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V003000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 111562
AIR BAGS
Jan 02, 2020
An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2009-2013 Forester, 2003-2006 Baja, 2004-2011 Impreza, 2004-2014 WRX (including STI), 2003-2014 Legacy and Outback, and 2006 Saab 9-2X vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in the states of Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia or "Zone B." These vehicles had their passenger frontal air bag inflators previously replaced under a prior recall using inflators of the same design. The inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, temperature and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify their owners. General Motors will notify Saab owners. Dealers will replace the passenger air bag inflators, free of charge. The recall began January 7, 2020. Subaru owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Saab owners may contact the Saab Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-955-9007. Subaru's number for this recall is TKB-20.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V002000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 127547
AIR BAGS
Jan 02, 2020
An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2009-2013 Forester, 2003-2006 Baja, 2004-2011 Impreza, 2004-2014 WRX (STI included), 2003-2014 Legacy and Outback, and 2005-2006 Saab 9-2X vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in the states of Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands or "Zone A." These vehicles had their passenger frontal air bag inflators previously replaced under a prior recall using inflators of the same design. The inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, temperature and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify their owners. General Motors will notify Saab owners. Dealers will replace the passenger air bag inflators with alternate inflators, free of charge. The recall began January 7, 2020. Subaru Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Saab owners may contact the Saab Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-955-9007. Subaru's number for this recall is TKA-20.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V001000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 258813
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Apr 11, 2019
The engine turning off unexpectedly can increase the risk of a crash. If a crash occurs under this condition, the air bag may not deploy, increasing the risk of injury.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2009-2013 Forester vehicles, 2008-2011 Impreza vehicles, 2008-2014 WRX vehicles, 2005-2014 Legacy vehicles, 2005-2014 Outback vehicles and 2006-2008 Tribeca vehicles equipped with a mechanical key ignition switch installed as a replacement part. The ball spring inside the switch may break, reducing the strength of the ignition switch. If this occurs, the weight on the key ring and certain road conditions could cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position to the accessory position, turning off the engine.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the ignition switch, replacing the ignition switch, if necessary, free of charge. The recall began May 10, 2019. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Subaru's number for this recall is WUF-91.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V297000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 511
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Feb 28, 2019
Brake lights that do not illuminate properly will not alert other drivers that the vehicle is slowing or stopping, increasing the risk of crash.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2014-2016 Forester, 2008-2016 Impreza sedans, 2012-2016 Impreza station wagons, 2008-2014 WRX sedans (including STI), and 2013-2017 Crosstrek vehicles. Exposure to certain contaminants may cause the brake light switch to malfunction, preventing the brake lights from illuminating and also preventing keyless ignition vehicles from starting and CVT/automatic transmissions from being able to be shifted out of Park.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake light switch, free of charge. The recall began April 15, 2019. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Subaru's number for this recall is WUE-90.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V149000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1303530
AIR BAGS
Jan 09, 2019
An explosion of an inflator within the passenger frontal air bag module may result in sharp metal fragments striking the front seat passenger, driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2010-2013 Forester, 2010-2014 Tribeca, WRX, Outback, Legacy, and 2010-2011 Impreza vehicles sold, or ever registered, in the states of Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger frontal air bag, these inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
Subaru has notified owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall began January 25, 2019. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Subaru's number for this recall is TKA-19.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V007000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 43394
AIR BAGS
Jan 09, 2019
An explosion of an inflator within the passenger frontal air bag module may result in sharp metal fragments striking the front seat passenger, driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2010-2014 Tribeca, WRX, Outback, and Legacy vehicles, 2010-2011 Impreza vehicles and 2010-2013 Forester vehicles sold, or ever registered, in the states of Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger frontal air bag, these inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
Subaru is notifying owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall began January 25, 2019. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Subaru's number for this recall is TKB-19.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V008000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 330120
AIR BAGS
Jan 09, 2019
An explosion of an inflator within the passenger frontal air bag module may result in sharp metal fragments striking the front seat passenger, driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2010-2014 Tribeca, WRX, Legacy and Outback vehicles, 2010-2011 Impreza vehicles and 2010-2013 Forester vehicles sold, or ever registered, in the states of Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger frontal air bag, these inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
Subaru is notifying owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall began on January 25, 2019. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Subaru's number for this recall is TKC-19.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V009000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 452630
AIR BAGS
Jan 09, 2018
An explosion of an inflator within the passenger frontal air bag module may result in sharp metal fragments striking the front seat passenger, driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2009-2013 Legacy, Forester, Tribeca, WRX and Outback vehicles, and 2009-2011 Impreza vehicles sold, or ever registered, in the states of Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger frontal air bag, these inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall began on February 9, 2018. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's number for this recall is TKA-18.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V012000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 64179
AIR BAGS
Jan 10, 2017
An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2005-2006 Subaru Baja, 2006-2011 Impreza (including WRX and STI models), 2006-2012 Tribeca, 2009-2012 Forester, Legacy, Outback, and 2012 WRX vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in the states of Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules, and used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front air bags, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall began March 6, 2017. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's number for this recall is TKA-17.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V014000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 53480
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Oct 13, 2016
If the air injection pump overheats, it may melt and increase the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2007-2009 model year Legacy and Outback vehicles, 2008-2014 Impreza vehicles and 2009-2013 Forester vehicles, all equipped with turbo-charged engines. The relay that controls the secondary air injection pump may fail, causing the pump to continuously operate and overheat.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the secondary air injection pump relay, free of charge. The recall began December 2016. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's number for this recall is WTM-73.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V738000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 100127
AIR BAGS
May 25, 2016
An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2003-2004 Legacy, Outback, 2009-2011 Legacy, Outback, Forester, 2006-2011 Impreza, Tribeca, 2003-2006 Baja, and 2006 Saab 9-2x vehicles originally sold or that have ever been registered in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands, or "Zone A." These vehicles may be equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules, and used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front air bags, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify their owners. General Motors will notify Saab owners. Dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall began August 26, 2016. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-856-488-8500. Saab owners may contact GM at 1-800-955-9007. Subaru's number for this recall is TKA-16.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V358000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 302127
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Dec 31, 2014
Brake fluid may leak due to the brake line corrosion and may result in longer distances being required to slow or stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2008-2011 Impreza, 2008-2014 WRX and STI, and 2009-2013 Forester vehicles, currently, or formerly, registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia that were remedied under recall 14V-311 prior to December 23, 2014. The brake lines may experience brake line corrosion due to salt water splashing on the brake lines through a gap in the fuel tank protector.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will apply an anti-corrosion wax to the four-way joint connector area of the brake line system, free of charge. The recall began on January 27, 2015. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's number for this recall is WQQ-52. Notes: This recall is specific to affected Forester, Impreza, WRX, and STI customers who had their car remedied under NHTSA recall no. 14V-311 prior to December 23, 2014. Subaru has determined that this remedy was inadequate due to incomplete repair instructions provided to dealers. Affected Forester, Impreza, WRX, and STI vehicles that were not repaired under NHTSA recall no. 14V-311 prior to December 23, 2014 will continue to be processed under NHTSA recall no. 14V-311. Affected vehicles not currently, or formerly, registered in the salt belt states identified in this recall are eligible for repair, at no cost to the customer, upon request.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V830000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 200064
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Jun 10, 2014
Brake line corrosion may result in brake fluid leakage. Fluid leakage may result in longer distances being required to slow or stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2005-2009 Outback and Legacy, 2008-2011 Impreza and 2008-2014 Impreza WRX/STI, and 2009-2013 Forester vehicles, currently, or formerly, registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. Salt water could splash on the brake lines through a gap in the fuel tank protector, resulting in excessive corrosion of the brake lines. Note that affected vehicles not currently, or formerly registered, in the salt belt states identified above are eligible for repair, at no cost to the customer, upon request.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will test the brake system by depressing the brake pedal and inspecting for brake fluid leaks. If no brake fluid seepage is observed, the affected areas will be rustproofed with anti-corrosion wax. If brake fluid seepage is observed, the brake lines will be replaced followed by rustproofing with anti-corrosion wax. These services will be performed free of charge. The recall began July 2014 and second notifications will run through November 2014. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's recall campaign number is WQK-47. Note: This recall supersedes recall 13V-110 which applied to certain 2005-2009 Legacy/Outback vehicles. Vehicles that were remedied under the previous campaign still need additional areas rust-proofed.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V311000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 461338
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