This iteration of the Subaru Legacy scores among the top tier of family sedans and offers standard all-wheel drive. It is significantly roomier and quieter than the previous model and has impressive ride comfort and responsive handling. Even with all-wheel-drive, the fuel economy is impressive, thanks to its continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Alerts
There are 18 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 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 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 2010 Subaru Legacy owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Body control module

"If you are speaking of the control module for the seats, the drivers seat module has been replaced twice. It is seldom used, but has never the less "burned" out"

Mary C., CA (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Gauges

"Main gauges went blank. Sub fixed under warranty/good will"

James C., WI (2010 Subaru Legacy GT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"very crappy location when trying to replace headlight - have to go through fender well"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It is extremely difficult to replace the headlight bulbs. I had to take it back to dealer to replace a headlamp which is a routine maintenace item that should be replaceable by the owner"

Tim W., VA (2010 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"The replacement of the headlights requires the removal of wheel well panels or the tire of the side that you want to replace"

Jefffrey S., MA (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace front headlight 6 times"

Jerome P., NJ (2010 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"One of the front headlights kept burning out"

Anonymous, IL (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Low beam burned out on both sides"

Anonymous, ME (2010 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"They needed to be replaced"

Judy P., NY (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Have had to change headlight bulbs three times in past year. Must remove entire bumper assembly to change a light bulb! Not cost effective!"

Mary C., CA (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"my headlights have gone out twice, as a pair, at different times. I have since installed aftermarket HID lights to resolve the issue"

Charles L., AK (2010 Subaru Legacy GT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Lamps keep burning out prematurely. Subaru finally extended the warranty on headlamps and reimbursed owners for headlamps already replaced. Still annoying that I have to keep bringing the car in to replace headlamps, even if they are replaced free"

Richard R., IL (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Bulbs go out much more than any other car I've owned and now instead of replacing them myself, the wheel well has to be disassembled to get at the headlights, where before it was within reach of the open hood. This is costly and seems part of keeping the dealership in repair money"

John K., MI (2010 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlight bulb burned out prematurely. The cost was covered as a "recall" from Subaru"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the headlight replacement is so difficult that it requires a gymnast with flexible forearms to be able to do it. I replaced them and they both worked loose and melted part of the reflector. the dealership mechanics have the same response- it is a feat to fit your arm in through the wheelwell to reach into the light assembly and turn the bulb fixtures back into the light"

Anthony M., CA (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Recall on puddle lights. Caused other permanent electrical problems"

Robert R., NY (2010 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"Keyless entry stopped working. I never did much investigation, but suspect that it's due to the interaction between the module that controls the keyless entry and an aftermarket remote starter system installed at time of purchase"

Jeffrey B., SK (2010 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Remote engine starter

"most time it works but other times car won't stay running when using the key in the ignition"

Anonymous, NE (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Another random electrical problem will not start car because of security issue. Turns on works starter but car will not run"

Robert R., NY (2010 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Warning lights

"One of the connectors in the wiring harness broke causing the warning lights to flash"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"ON...OFF...PROBABLY OUTDOOR TEMP....MORE TROUBLE THAN IT'S WORTH?"

Kenneth S., MI (2010 Subaru Legacy Unsure Unsure)

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

"Loud popping sounds from rear during very cold weathers"

Christopher J., ON (2010 Subaru Legacy Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Going over rough pavement the car has excessive rattles in door panels and other areas"

R E., CA (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Steady rattle around passenger door when driving between 70-74 mph. Reproduced by dealership while new and under warranty. Could not fix"

Anonymous, CT (2010 Subaru Legacy Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Seem to be some rattles from the suspension"

Anonymous, CT (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The body just seems to be very loose"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The seal on on rear passenger window isn't that tight so you can hear wind at higher speeds"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Wind and road noise is excessive at more than 50 mph"

R E., CA (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A howling sound when driving"

Christopher J., ON (2010 Subaru Legacy Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Open moonroof clatters due to wind gust. Subaru knows about this. Design flaw of moonroof"

Anonymous, CT (2010 Subaru Legacy Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"High wind noise on the highway"

Anonymous, CT (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Premature brake wear

"the brakes on both my Subaru's wear out. brake make noise, grind"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"During a regular checkup i was told that the rear brakes needed repairing (common to the legacy). I was displeased since I only had 20,900 miles on the car"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Legacy Unsure Unsure)
Rotors

"Problems with warped rotors"

Anonymous, VT (2010 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"They had to be replaced"

Anonymous, ID (2010 Subaru Legacy GT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes squeaked when applied while backing up. Lubricated and pads and rotors cleaned"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Legacy Unsure 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

"Bought the car used and didn't realize that it had a scored cylinder"

Harry F., TX (2010 Subaru Legacy GT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"First head gasket, then engine failure. Car is a piece of garbage"

Richard G., NY (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Started experiencing Spark problems with the right side of the engine (Cylinders 1, 3, &5). Compression test results were low and spark plugs had severe deposit build up. Further testing of the remainder of the engine indicated severe wear for the mileage of the car. Engine wear was indicative of a much higher mileage engine. Other inspections indicated the engine might not be the car's original one. Car in question was bought used from a dealer specializing in the sale of refurbished flood and"

Anonymous, CT (2010 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Blown head gasket at 115000. I'm hearing all the 2.5 engines blow the head gasket. Unacceptable in today's times"

Richard G., NY (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil Seepage from valve cover gaskets. Now slight oil seepage from head gasket. Oil seepage burns when the car is running warm. Once car is stopped, intermittent smell enters cabin. Gaskets need to be replaced"

Anonymous, IL (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 3.6-L 6 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

"Dashboard controls for mp3 problem"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Subaru Legacy GT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"The system only accomodates a very limited number of phones. Was not aware of the limitations before the sale"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"steering wheel volume control"

Gary G., NJ (2010 Subaru Legacy GT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"amplifier went out completely and had to replace will no longer work with accessories-- portable xm radio or music from phone"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Volume control on steering wheel occasionally doesn't work"

Jeffrey B., SK (2010 Subaru Legacy Unsure 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

"Ac needs recharging but still is not as cold as advertised"

Anonymous, NH (2010 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"AC compressor failed after cat d was 2years old"

Jerome P., NJ (2010 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"Won't run intermittantly"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Fans in engine were not running, which caused car to overheat in rush hour/stop and go traffic in warm weather"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 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

Distributor or rotor failure

"Car didn't start"

Larry S., NJ (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"bad coil. necessitated towing. affected entire electrical system"

Anonymous, QC (2010 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Electronic ignition

"Two ignition modules failed simultaneously. The mechanic blamed severe physical deterioration based on the level of rust"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Subaru Legacy GT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Occasional grinding noise, mostly during cold weather. Dealer states they cannot do anything about it unless it happens when in shop. Have had it in three times and it never happens then"

James S., NY (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"Torque Converter was not unlocking thereby causing the engine to stall when stopping"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Torque converter causes vehicle to stall when stopping"

Frank S., IL (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car stalled when stopped - torque converter needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Subaru Legacy GT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Clutch replacement

"Complete failure locked all wheels with clutch stuck to floor"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 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

Driveline vibration

"needed wheel mounts which the dealer advised was common as the weak point on this vehicle"

Anonymous, QC (2010 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Driveshaft or axle

"Failing Right Front Wheel Bearing. Replaced. Total cost about $300"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Subaru Legacy GT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

Fuel cap

"The gas cap developed a hairline crack in the seal. This resulted in the several warning lights coming on. Very unnerving. The dealer did not tell us what the problem was"

Tim W., VA (2010 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Subaru dealer in US said sensor was corroded. Shortly after, catalytic converter failed and was replaced on warranty. US dealer said sensor problem was caused by faulty converter, while Cdn. dealer disagreed and refused to refund cost of repl. sens"

Denis C., QC (2010 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

"Oil Seepage from valve cover gaskets. Now slight oil seepage from head gasket. Oil seepage burns when the car is running warm. Once car is stopped, intermittent smell enters cabin. Gaskets need to be replaced"

Anonymous, IL (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Serpentine belt was worn out and needed to be replaced per the dealer's service dept"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Legacy Unsure 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.

What Owners Say

Glass defects

"front windshield cracked and had to be replaced for the 4th time"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"latch to gas tank got repeatedly stuck and would not open"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Radiator

"The radiator had to be replaced at 48000 miles because of a leak"

David M., WY (2010 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Thermostat

"Failure lead to damage to head gasket and $2500 repair!"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust manifold

"The "Y" piece connecting the engine manifolds to become one exhaust pipe was made of two metals which meant it became a battery that corroded and suddenly the passenger compartment was flooding with exhaust. the part costs just under $1000, and seemed designed to fail"

John K., MI (2010 Subaru Legacy Unsure 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

Springs or torsion bars

"Front torsion bar link arms make a loud noise going over speed bumps. Link arms replaced and problem was resolved"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

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

Paint/Trim

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

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Recalls
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AIR BAGS:PASSENGER SIDE FRONTAL
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:PASSENGER SIDE FRONTAL
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:PASSENGER SIDE FRONTAL
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:IGNITION:SWITCH
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
AIR BAGS:PASSENGER SIDE FRONTAL
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:PASSENGER SIDE FRONTAL
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:PASSENGER SIDE FRONTAL
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
PARKING BRAKE
Sep 13 2018
A vehicle rollaway can increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2010-2014 Subaru Legacy and Outback vehicles equipped with a manual transmission. The electronic parking brake (EPB) may not engage as intended, allowing the vehicle to rollaway if the transmission is not in the proper gear when parked.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the EPB actuator assembly, free of charge. The recall began July 19, 2019. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Subaru's number for this recall is WTV-81.
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: 18V626000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 27175
AIR BAGS:PASSENGER SIDE FRONTAL
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 2009-2010 Tribeca, Impreza, Forester, WRX, Legacy, and Outback 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 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 TKB-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: 18V013000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 93209
AIR BAGS:PASSENGER SIDE FRONTAL
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:PASSENGER SIDE FRONTAL
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
VISIBILITY:WINDSHIELD WIPER/WASHER:MOTOR
Sep 27 2016
If the windshield wiper motor overheats, the wipers may fail, reducing driver visibility and increasing the risk of a crash. Additionally, the wiper motor cover may melt, increasing the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2010-2014 Legacy vehicles manufactured November 26, 2008, to June 7, 2013, and 2010-2014 Outback vehicles manufactured January 9, 2009 to June 7, 2013. Due to contamination, components within the windshield wiper motor bottom cover may interfere with each other. If an obstruction, such as a buildup of snow or ice prevents the wiper arms from being able to stop in the parked position, the wiper motor may overheat and the bottom cover may melt.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the windshield wiper motor bottom cover assembly, free of charge. The recall began October 2016. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's number for this recall is WTK-71. Note: This recall supersedes recall 11V-469. All vehicles that were remedied under that campaign are affected by this campaign, and need to have their wiper motor bottom cover replaced again.
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: 16V694000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 592647
AIR BAGS:PASSENGER SIDE FRONTAL
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
EQUIPMENT
Feb 25 2013
The engine may inadvertently start and run for up to fifteen minutes. The engine may continue to start and stop until the fob battery is depleted, or until the vehicle runs out of fuel. If the vehicle is parked in an enclosed area, there is a risk of carbon monoxide build-up which may cause headaches, dizziness or, in extreme cases, unconsciousness and/or asphyxiation.
Summary:
Subaru is recalling certain model year 2010-2012 Legacy and Outback vehicles equipped with an automatic or CVT transmission and an Audiovox remote engine starter (RES) accessory, certain model year 2012-2013 Impreza vehicles equipped with a CVT transmission and an Audiovox remote engine starter (RES) accessory, and certain model year 2013 XV Crosstrek vehicles equipped with a CVT transmission and an Audiovox remote engine starter (RES) accessory. Additionally included are certain model year 2013 Legacy and Outback vehicles that may have received replacement RES fobs. If the RES fob is dropped, the fob may malfunction and randomly transmit an engine start request without pressing the button.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the RES key fobs, free of charge. The recall began on April 22, 2013. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783 for more information.
For more information:
Original equipment keyless entry fobs integrated on the vehicle key are not affected.Subaru's recall campaign number is WQF-42.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: 13V061000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 47419
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Dec 26 2012
Over time, migration of the moisture into the circuit board and/or into the connector cavity, may result in a short circuit of the puddle light system. This may generate heat which may melt the plastic resulting in smoke or fire.
Summary:
Subaru is recalling certain model year 2010 and 2011 Legacy and Outback vehicles, certain model year 2006 through 2012 Tribeca vehicles sold before January 2012, and certain model year 2009 through 2012 Forester vehicles sold before January 2012. Up to 78,650 of these vehicles may have been equipped with accessory puddle lights that, when illuminated, brighten the area under the doors of the vehicle. A short circuit can develop when either the puddle light or connector are exposed to an electrolytic moisture source (such as road spray that has road salt in it) and it penetrates the circuit board of the puddle light or the pins of the puddle light connector(s).
What should you do:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will install an additional fused-harness, free of charge. The recall began February 19, 2013. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783 for more information.
For more information:
Subaru's recall campaign number is WQE-41.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: 12V602000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 633842
POWER TRAIN:MANUAL TRANSMISSION
Jul 20 2010
IF THE TRANSMISSION GEARS ARE NOT PROPERLY LUBRICATED, A GROANING SOUND MAY BEGIN TO DEVELOP ALERTING THE DRIVER OF A PROBLEM. IF THE SOUND IS IGNORED AND NO ACTION IS TAKEN, THE GEARS WILL EVENTUALLY BREAK AND THIS CONDITION WILL LEAD TO VEHICLE POWER LOSS, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A CRASH.
Summary:
SUBARU IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 AND 2011 OUTBACK AND LEGACY PASSENGER VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM APRIL 28 THROUGH JUNE 23, 2010. DUE TO A PROGRAMMING ERROR, A LUBRICATION HOLE WITHIN THE 6-SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION WAS OMITTED.
What should you do:
SUBARU WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS WILL REPAIR THE VEHICLES BY DRILLING AN OIL LUBRICATION HOLE AND, IF NECESSARY, REPLACE THE INTERNAL PARTS WITH NEW ONES FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON JULY 28, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-782-2783.
For more information:
SUBARU'S RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS WVS-29.OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V326000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 809
STEERING:COLUMN
Jun 24 2010
POSSIBLE CIRCUITS AFFECTED ARE THE DRIVER'S FRONTAL AIRBAG, PADDLE SHIFTER FUNCTION, CRUISE CONTROL, HORN CONTROL AND RADIO FUNCTIONS INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Summary:
SUBARU IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 OUTBACK AND LEGACY PASSENGER VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM FEBRUARY 16, 2009 THROUGH APRIL 12, 2010. THE WIRING IN THE STEERING COLUMN ELECTRICAL ROLL CONNECTOR LOCATED BEHIND THE VEHICLE'S STEERING WHEEL MAY DEVELOP STRESS CRACKS AND EVENTUALLY BREAK. IF THIS WERE TO HAPPEN CERTAIN ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS MAY NOT OPERATE AS INTENDED.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL CHECK LOT NUMBER OF THE STEERING ROLL CONNECTOR. THE ROLL CONNECTOR WILL BE REPLACED WITH A NEW ONE IF THE LOT NUMBER SHOWED ANY AFFECTED RANGE OF THE FAILURE OCCURRENCE. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON JULY 7, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-782-2783.
For more information:
SUBARU SAFETY RECALL NO. WVR-28.OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V283000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 73698
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:COOLING SYSTEM:HOSE
May 07 2010
IF THE FLUID IS COMPLETELY LEAKED DURING DRIVING, THE VEHICLE WILL COME TO A STOP, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A CRASH.
Summary:
SUBARU IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 OUTBACK AND LEGACY PASSENGER VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM JULY 31 THROUGH DECEMBER 1, 2009. A CRACK OR SPLIT CAN OCCUR IN THE CVT COOLER HOSE RESULTING IN A FLUID LEAK.
What should you do:
SUBARU WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE ANY AFFECTED COOLER HOSES FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON JUNE 8, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-SUBARU3 (1-800-782-2783).
For more information:
SUBARU'S RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS WVQ-27.OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V196000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 29443
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