The Subaru Outback is a raised AWD wagon. It's a good alternative to an SUV and features a rich, nicely detailed interior. The Subaru rides comfortably and handles better in normal driving than its forebear. When pushed to its limits however, the Outback can abruptly slide its rear end if the driver goes into a turn too fast .To counter this, stability control became standard with all trim lines for 2009.
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There are 13 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 2009 Subaru Outback owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Alignment

"Our alignment went out but it is readily fixable. However the cost is more than most alignment jobs due to the all wheel suspension...or so they tell us. Love the car overall"

Anonymous, ID (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Ball joints

"Ball joints and axles replaced when car became dangerous to drive"

Anthony A., RI (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Frustrated that all ball joints have had to be replaced. Not an issue with the 4 prior Subaru we've had in past, all similar aged."

Anonymous, IA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Bushings

"Lower control arm bushings wore out at 80,000 miles, as well as stabilizer bar end links and bushings"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"All bushings on undercarriage were worn and replaced. Vehicle handles very well now."

John M., MA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed replacement"

Anonymous, ME (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering leaks

"Our power steering screeched and sounded strained in cold and warm weather (though worse in winter)"

Anonymous, RI (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer claimed leak in steering gear assembly. $1200 to replace. Skeptical"

Thomas L., CA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Leak in ps unit caused severe shuddering especially when in reverse near end of steering arc"

Arthur F., VA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaking hosr"

Bill M., MD (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"The auxiliary belt started to whine, so I took it in and they said that there was a leak in my steering system, They replaced the whole system, and then said that the system would have air in it. I filled the power steering fluid about 12 times befor"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Pump failed. Had to replace."

Anonymous, NC (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Same issue as described before. Issue was actually the pump"

Arthur F., VA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I had to replace the power sterring pump"

Anonymous, NV (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The last time we took the car in for the routine oil change I asked them to look for other issues which I told them about. They found said that our transmissions and power steering were leaking into our oil. They had to replace the power steering pump and did about 2,000.00 worth of work to the car"

Anonymous, UT (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"Poor drive with odd noise"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Same comment as I made for the wheel bearings. My previous Subarus have gone way past 200K miles before needing strut replacements. I can only guess that Subaru, in this 2009 model, used parts suppliers with inadequate quality standards. My 2001 Outack now has 230,000+ miles, and I've not had to replace a single strut."

Richard B., MD (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Erratic unusual noise from front end of car...mechanic said it was a typical damage done by hitting too many pot holes.."

Anonymous, MA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Struts were worn out, normal wear, ride of car was bumpy"

Robert I., OH (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"leaking rear shocks - struts replaced"

Anonymous, NS (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"replace both left and right due to aage"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"left front axle and related components needed replacing because of worn/torn axle boot - at about 168,000 miles cost about $1,000.00"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"CV joint boots split. Track arm linkage and bushings replaced. Trailing arm bushings replaced."

John M., MA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"inner boot on both right and left front axles leaked grease profusely. Mechanic recommended replacing axles as well as both inner and outer boots since additional cost was minimal and likelihood of outer boot failure was high using old axles"

James P., CA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Steering was stiff, inconsistent effort..improved with more use. Electric assist."

Anonymous, AB (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

"Steering wheel vibration caused by worn out bushings and end links"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We had vibrations and shimmying multiple times during the year. Only on the 3rd balancing, with the power steering fluid leak repaired did we have long-lasting relief"

Anonymous, RI (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Once I was told that there was leakage of the fluid and other time that it was because of the brakes"

Anonymous, MO (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"At higher speeds above 60 MPH slight vibration"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Worn belt and misaligned pulleys"

Charles N., CA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I suspect this steering wheel vibration was due to CV joints that we needed to have replaced."

Andrew L., WA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

"loosened up with clunking sound. Fixed at Subaru dealer at my cost"

Anonymous, WI (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Was making a grinding noise, and was potentially dangerous, however the total cost of repair was covered by the warrantee"

Anonymous, ME (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear passenger side wheel bearing was worn and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both Front Wheel Bearings had to be replaced at 76,000 km.There was too much play and when driving they created a rough knocking sound"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both front wheel bearings have been changed in this car. One about 12 months after I got the car and the second summer 2014. Also bushings had to be changed on the front"

Anonymous, QC (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The previous Subarus I have own (as well as my 2008 Ford Focus) have gone well over 200K miles without having any wheel bearing problems. This 2009 Outback has now had all 4 wheel bearings replaced in the last year. To me this indicates that Subaru has backed off on quality management."

Richard B., MD (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"2 wheel bearings needed replacing. But considering I have over 200k miles on the car that isn't so bad."

Anonymous, PA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust penetration of left rear wheel bearing"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"With previous Toyotas and Hondas not a single bearing had to be replaced. It's been five times with the Subaru"

James B., QC (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Increasing wheel bearing noise - two wheels required replacement"

Anonymous, NS (2009 Subaru Outback 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

Cylinder head

"Cylinder head removed and valves needed to be replaced at 101000 miles. The cost of the repair was $4000!!"

Anthony A., RI (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Original engine failed to work properly due to not having changed the oil on a timely basis. Bought a rebuilt 2.5, 4 cyl engjne and installed by professional mechanics"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Turbo blew, fragments went into the engine, engine needed to be replaced"

Carl P., CT (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Turbo bearings failed, causing complete engine failure. Replacement at 50,000 miles only after arguing with dealer. Complained of high frequency bearing noise at 30,000 miles. They finally agreed to cover under warranty"

Thomas L., CA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"engine failed while on a trip. Required engine replacement."

Anonymous, WA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine was replaced at 65000. Second engine blew at 80000 (replacement was new as far as we know). There was obviously something else wrong with the car that was causing this to malfunction, but no one could identify"

Anonymous, ME (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"THE ENGINE HAD A ROD KNOCK DUE TO WORN ROD BEARINGS. THIS ENGINE WOULD RANDOMLY CONSUME A LOT OF OIL, CAUSING IT TO GO LOW AND THAN NOT HAVE ENOUGH TO LUBRICATE THE OILING SYSTEM PROPERLY. TALKED TO A SUBARU ONLY REPAIR SHOP AND THEY SAID IT IS A COMMON PROBLEM WITH THE 06' AND NEWER ENGINES. IT WAS FRUSTRATING SINCE THE OIL HAD BEEN CHECKED 3 TIMES BY 2 DIFFERENT PEOPLE IN 2K MILES AND IT WAS GOOD EVERY TIME. 500 MILES LATER IT ONLY HAD A HALF A QUART OF OIL IN IT. ENDED UP GETTING A USED ENGINE AND HAVING IT PUT IN."

Brice C., WA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

"This is the second Subaru Outback which has had a head gasket failure with fewer than 150, 000 miles on the engine. Otherwise I have been happy with the vehicles"

George J., ME (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"HI've had to replace the head gaskets twice"

Anonymous, VT (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"air leaks on intake manifold at tempetaures below 32 degrees F"

Robert S., IN (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"valve cover gasket leaking"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Boxster engine blew head gasket at 58,000 miles. Maintained impeccably with full synthetic oil. This will be the last Subaru I buy"

B R., OR (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket started leaking and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, OR (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Small leak in the headgasket"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head Gasket replaced at 150K. Major cost"

K C., NH (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"All of the listed problems were due to the age and use of the vehicle. Motor vehicles need to be maintained."

William L., NY (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"leaking from head gaskets which had been replaced 4 years ago"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I just learned the other day the head gasket is seeping, and needs replacement. The cost is $1,700. My last Subaru, a 2000 Outback, got tossed over a leaking head gasket at 200K miles - and back in 2009 the cost was a mere ~$1200 to replace it. This repair will take 3 DAYS I'm told. Such difficulty and high cost seems to be due to a stupid design in the engine, in my opinion"

Glenn C., NC (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"leaking and expensive to replace"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both head gaskets needed replacing"

Jerry A., WI (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaking oil, needs to be replaced, not had done yet"

Anonymous, WI (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Major deterioration of head gasket required replacement costing $2800 Canadian dollars when car was 7 years old. This problem is wide spread with Subarus of my car's vintage"

Neill G., QC (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The head gasket had eroded so badly by the 8th year that it had to be completely replaced at my own expense. It cost over $2,500.00 CAD to fix. When fixing it, the garage broke a switch and charged me another $230 to fix it. But they also replaced the timing belt to avoid the cost of opening the engine again at a later date."

Neill G., QC (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Scheduled timing belt replacement

"It's expensive! Whatever happened to life time timing chains that needed no adjusting, no replacement?"

Glenn C., NC (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Turbo or supercharger

"The car stalled a couple of times and then quit"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

4WD/AWD components

"Rear components of drive replaced due to noise under acceleration. Covered by warranty"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Right front axle joint cover allowed joint to dry out"

J B., IL (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
CV joint

"Oil leak"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced axles (twice) due to cv joint wear/problems"

Anonymous, GA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"premature wear"

Anonymous, WI (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"CV boots failed, requiring replacement of the front axles"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Boots cracked, too expensive to replace so mechanic installed new axel assemblies"

Anonymous, MT (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I included relevant data in first comments."

Anonymous, NY (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both front CV joint casing cracked and the joints need to be replaced."

Anonymous, NY (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This is not repaired yet, just came up this week. I am guessing that the CV joint is the problem."

Anonymous, PA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"it was much to expensive a failure to have occurred at such a low mileage."

Al A., CT (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The rubber boot covering the CV joint on the front passenger side developed a hole. This allowed all the grease to leak out, damaging the CV joint. This was a $600 repair because of a $12 boot failure. This same problem has happened on several other Subarus that we've owned."

Anonymous, NY (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rubber boots failed, lube leaked out, replaced both CV joint/axles with after-market parts, experiencing vibration not present before replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Differential

"We were getting a metallic noise accelerating from about 1800 rpm to 2300 rpm. Service center at Subaru dealership identified it as failing differential and it was covered under an extended warranty. The repair was $1700"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Driveline vibration

"Serious vibration that the dealer simply cannot figure out. Happens at about 35 mph or at 2500 rpms"

B R., OR (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Driveshaft or axle

"Front axle almost broke after seizing while I was driving at high speed on a highway"

Anonymous, VT (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil leak in front wheel drive"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rubber boots around CV joints cracked and failed. Dealer recommended replacing axles rather than rebuilding. Probably typical failure but was expensive."

Anonymous, FL (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The cv boot was torn . Service personnel said both cv and axel needed replaced. Car drove perfectly before replaced. Maybe only torn boot cover needed replacement."

Anonymous, NY (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace both rear wheel bearings."

Anonymous, NY (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"U-joint to rear drive failed. Replacement needed @ $800.00+"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Driveshaft needed to be replaced. I am not rough with my car! This car is not as tough as it is made out to be. It is a very high maintenance vehicle!"

Anonymous, CT (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"Air conditioning would not function reliably because of some sort of electrical problem. I have a very competent and reliable mechanic who was was able to fix it for less than $100 but it took them days to figure out exactly what and where the problem was."

Anonymous, GA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Stability control (ESC)

"Front end suspension is shot. Will cause approximately 2K to fix. Still waiting for all details. Horrible Northern Virginia roads with more potholes per mile than smooth roads after a tough winter probably did it in"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Due to missfires and timing issues both the catalytic converters got clogges (~$6000 Repair)"

Colin P., ON (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Recalled and replaced with no delay, no trouble, good service"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"CC performed sporadically poorly after 40K miles, was finally replaced by Subaru. Only charge to me was a $250 deductible"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"My excellent local mechanic determined the problem with the converter. When calling the Subare dealer about parts, he learned that it may be covered by warranty, which it was, at no cost to me. Having a skilled, hones mechanic is so important, as it saved me about $800, as far as I recall."

Anonymous, NY (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Catalytic converter had to be replaced because exhaust pipe had broken"

Anonymous, NS (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Second Catalytic converter caused engine to stumble. Main Catalytic had to be replaced the year before"

J B., AZ (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Vehicle ran poorly and check engine light came on. The catalytic converter was replaced by Subaru 41,000 miles and four years ago and needed replaced again at 101000 miles at my expense. I paid $948 for an aftermarket catalytic converter installed."

John M., MD (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"catalytic converter needs to be replaced. dashboard warning lights on all the time"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust leaks

"Exhaust pipe broke where pipe comes down near fire wall and whole unit, including converter had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NS (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"small hole in the exhaust pipe"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"Took car to dealer and was told heat shield was very expensive to repair. Dealer made temporary repairs. Did not cure the problem"

Anonymous, NS (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the exhaust system smelt bad and we listsend noise"

Anonymous, QC (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Seems to be a "Subaru thing". Any Subaru we've owned of over 90,000 mi, or anyone we know, has encountered this issue. Seems to be less of a problem now than it was 10-15 yrs ago"

David W., NY (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I've owned 6 Subarus over the years. Every single one of them has had problems with rattling heat shields. At this point, I just expect this as a problem in older Subarus"

Richard B., MD (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Still vibrates at low rpm. Dealer put large hose clamp around cat instead of replacing"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This is our second Outback, and the heart shield always rattles"

Anonymous, NH (2009 Subaru Outback)
Other/unsure

"Passenger side recall was very difficult to replace. Dashboard scratched and marred."

Anonymous, NC (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The Subaru had a recall on part of the airbag system. During that repair, a problem with the airbag light was discovered. Replacing the light assembly (not a sensor, just a light) cost $375."

Jeffrey L., MA (2009 Subaru Outback)

"Warning light is on and the problem seems to be in the wiring harness which would be very expensive to replace the complete harness."

Anonymous, VT (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"We had the airbags replaced as part of the Takata recall but the warning light continues to come on periodically, something we definitely need to have checked."

Andrew L., WA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"CONSOLE warning light on continuous, DASH warning light intermittently when cold at the time, when recall notice received. Dealer replaced air bag and DID NOTHING to address warning lights after my request to do so. Online Subaru forum said to re-solder wires in console at warning light. I performed this repair. Now Dash warning light working properly, console light indicates passenger air bag always on now; with or without passenger seated. Casey Subaru dealer service department untrustworthy and unqualified."

Robert S., VA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

"The mufflers and catalytic converters on our Subarus seem to last forever, but the pipes rust out way before they should, especially at the weld spots. By comparison, my 2008 Ford Focus, driven on the same snowy roads in Appalachia, has had zero problems with the exhaust system"

Richard B., MD (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Routine replacement at about 100K"

Glenn C., NC (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Belt broke while on highway, engine kept running, but battery was discharging. Was able to drive off highway exit and call AAA for tow"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Subaru Outback 3.0R Limited 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Engine computer

"Engine stalled. Replaced computer wiring harness"

Richard A., NE (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Erratic behavior"

Bruce B., BC (2009 Subaru Outback 3.0R Limited 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"A few years ago, check engine light went on and resulted in some systems (e.g., cruise control) stopped working. Could still drive car. Mechanic changed oil, changed some sensors, and did other work. These fixes only lasted a few months at most. The last time this happened, mechanic told me Subaru had changed the sensor to use and since then have had no problems (& mechanic didn't charge this time)"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Subaru Outback 3.0R Limited 3.0-L 6 Cyl)

"Hard to start. Needed to replace crank angle sensor."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"Oil leaking from the valve covers. Leaked into a spark plug well. Repaired without difficulty. Expected for a car with 118,000 miles"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head gasket leak, same as a 2006 outback I owned. Hopefully they got it right on the newer models"

Michael K., NH (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaking oil at the headers. Will need $3,000 worth of work to fix. Since it is leaking at a slow rate, the dealer says we can hold off for now on the engine job."

Anonymous, WI (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Gasket on head motor leak"

Anonymous, QC (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Related to the head gasket"

Anonymous, WI (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Mystery oil leak that neither Subaru or an independent car shop can find"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Seals need replacing"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The plug does not seal the oil into the pan."

Anonymous, MI (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There has been a slow oil leak for a couple of years. My mechanic says this is a common issue with Subarus. I did have the same issue with my prior, 2006 Subaru Outback. He told me, with both cars, to monitor and maintain the oil level and expensive engine repairs would not be necessary. It runs fine."

Margaret M., TX (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The oil leaks were caused by the deteriorated head gasket problem and by broken axle joint sleeves."

Neill G., QC (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Apparently with hatchbacks, the wiring harness can break overtime and requires total replacement. Lost one backup light and then the other, had to replace harness before I lost taillights etc. Would think Subaru would have this problem fixed by now"

Anonymous, ID (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"Front headlight burned out"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"Car does not lock or unlock using the fob. Replacing the battery made no difference"

Anonymous, NH (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When using unlock button on key fob, back wiper started moving. No problem using unlock button on car door. Doors still unlocked too. But then the back hatch stopped unlocking in addition. No way around so could no longer use back hatch"

Anonymous, OR (2009 Subaru Outback)
Remote engine starter

"Remote decided to not work at a cost of $160 for a part, worked for one out of two keys but then at dealership after checking neither work, isn't that them breaking it?"

Gary W., VT (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"2out of 4 tire sensors stopped working at a cost of $75 each part and can't get inspected till fixed, I am old school and actually hand check tire pressure, why should I be punished?"

Gary W., VT (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"tire monitor does not turn off"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Subaru Outback)

"Cannot get it to tutn off"

Anonymous, NH (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"I had the car washed and the warning light switch on the steering column was turned on accidentally. I did not realize it and left it on when I parked the car for the night. It had drained the battery. I also had to have the high tension cables rep"

Anonymous, QC (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A number of the dashboard service lights would go on and off while driving(check engine/cruise/tire/oil)"

John M., MA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited)

"Frequently a triad of warning lights comes on together (tire pressure, stability system, and cruise light flashes). Sometimes goes away on its own but then returns"

John K., WI (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Tire inflation light on when tires are properly filled. Shop said this is common Subaru problem."

Donna S., IL (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"Rear wiper does not turn-on. Internet says failure of wiring harness is common due to flexing of wiring harness leading to rear hatch due to opening and closing of rear hatch. Repair by Subaru is over $1,000 to replace broken wires"

Thomas B., DE (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rear window wipers and defroster does not work because wires to them rotted out"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Subaru Outback)

"While wiper motor was involved, it is not the only equipment malfunction that resulted when wire harness broke at rear of car where wiring transitions from body to top of hatch door. 14 wires had to be lengthened and reattached to stop blowing fuses and return function to several rear lights, window defrost, wiper and squirter. I've happily had many Subarus, but that there was no service advisory on this irritated me. After being baffled for too long, I finally found a fix on YouTube. Harness re"

John K., WI (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 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

Normal routine brake wear

"See my initial comment about my driving habit"

Christopher H., NY (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust had to be removed from the brake components. Probably caused by the saline brine solutions dispersed onto our roads"

Anonymous, ME (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"No complaints really. Needed new brake pads on rear after about 110,000 mi. To be expected"

David W., NY (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Normally, worn brakes would begin squeaking while applying pressure. No squeak occurred, so the wear on rotors and pads was much greater than I would've expected when other symptoms presented--pulsating sensation when braking at high speed. But, no complete failure."

Anonymous, IA (2009 Subaru Outback 3.0R Limited 3.0-L 6 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"We live where there is a lot of snow. Several calipers rusted to the point that they did not fully release, resulting in rapid & abnormal wear on pads and rotors"

Richard B., MD (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"With so little mileage, was surprised when brakes had to be replaced and so was garage where it was fixed"

Charles C., MA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I noticed a squealing sound in one wheel and brought it to the attention of the dealers service dept twice. Both times they said no problem was found. The third time they reported that the brake pad was completely gone. I suspect that the first two t"

George J., ME (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had the brake pads replaced and rotors turned 1 year before had to do again. Shouldn't have needed with as few miles between servicing"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes at 50000"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes wear way too soon! Rotors are not made like they used to be. They are thinner and so re-machining them does not prove to be cost effective. It's better to replace them each time. This car has been a HUGE disappointment! Subaru over promises and under delivers! Will not buy again!"

Anonymous, CT (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"Brake pads are in good shape but there is noticeable wobbling in the rotors. Had them checked and they are warped, but don't need to be replaced until pad wear is complete."

Anonymous, TX (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The rotors had to be replaced and after that the car is fine"

Anonymous, MO (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"seems the rotors on the subaru wear more quickly than any of my other vehicles. in 64k mi i've just replaced my second set"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"After frequent shifting in hot weather and traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge the clutch failed requiring tow from the Palisades Parkway"

Anne F., NY (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Throw-out bearing needed to be replaced which also meant replacing the clutch. Replacing the clutch in this car is very expensive (over $1000). The throw-out bearing seems to be a known problem with this car"

Anonymous, NV (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Seemed to soon to replace a clutch on a Subaru"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace clutch and throw out bearing at about 130,000 miles. My 2001 Forrester went 240,000 miles before replacing the clutch"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The car left me stranded and made loud clunking sounds. I had to replace the the entire clutch because the piece that needed to be replaced was more cost effective to replace the entire clutch"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It's a manual transmission. Seems like a number of ancillary problems (transmission/clutch starved of fluid?) eventually caused the clutch to fail. The clutch had been making strange sounds, but the mechanics could never reproduce the problem when I took it in. Clutch plus slave cylinder replacement cost $2,300"

Sonia D., CA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Torque converter

"My car was experiencing torque bind, so all-wheel drive wasn't turning properly together when making a slow, tight turn (like pulling into parking space). They had to replace a part in the transmission to put things back in sync, but not sure if it"

Stacy M., UT (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Strange transmission issues, racing of engine. Initial attempt to repair by replacing speed sensor harnise. Finally required rebuilt transmission to resolve. Subaru and dealer provided excellent assistance and rebuilt with minimal cost."

Anonymous, CT (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"the control module kept sending error codes. Replacement of the just that would have cost around $1,000 at the dealer. Local shop got a used (48k miles) transmission and installed for around $1200."

Anonymous, PA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission gears shattered . Replaced with Subaru reconditioned transmission"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to pay 3500 to rebuild it at 61000 miles"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"needed a complete transmission rebuild at 100,000. Given my previous experience with Subaru's I thought this was a little premature"

Mary C., PA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 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

Air or water leaks

"AC drain kept getting clogged and the condensation would drain into the passenger side foot well. The dealership could not fix it. They would just blow air to unclog it but it kept happening until a local shop figured it out. I spent money on several"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"mechanic noticed a small leak at radiator junction with transmission cooler -- he said it could not be repaired -- had the radiator replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"moon roof seal came off."

Anonymous, TX (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"I owned previous Outbacks and this one is more noisy with squeaks and rattles than the previous model"

Anonymous, WI (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"This car has a vibration/rattle that no mechanic seems to be able to pinpoint"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"constant, rattle of exhaust heat shields especially noticeable when starting. (Neighbor with a 2010 Outback has the same issue.)"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"significant rattling. Am told it's the heat shields for the catalytic converters and there is no solution other than expensive replacement"

Mary C., PA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"1. Heat shield. 2. Constant rattle somewhere in the exhaust system or rear stbalizer bar. .3. Also very annoying- wheel bearing replacement 5 times"

James B., QC (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Heat shield rattles"

Bill M., MD (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There is an annoying rear-end vibration when the engine reaches a specific RPM range"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 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)

"First catalytic converter had to be replaced. Initially told it would cost $1,250, but later discussion with service manager mentioned it would be covered up to 80,000 miles I had 71,000 miles"

J B., AZ (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had fumes in the passenger compartment. Dealer couldn't find the problem for a year. But eventually discovered it was due to not properly re-attaching a hose at the 96000 major check-up. It was a subaru mechanics fault, not the car's fault. I almost"

Cameron O., AB (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Have been driving for the last 3 months with my "check engine" light on. I get different answers to what I can do to fix this. There appears to be no difference in my car performance"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"actually it was a warning light related catalytic converter"

Mike M., NY (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Failed, required replacement."

Anonymous, IN (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

"Missfires, timing issues and clogged catalytic converter"

Colin P., ON (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"replace sensors"

Mike M., NY (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Failed, required replacement."

Anonymous, IN (2009 Subaru Outback 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

"The AC compression system's hose developed a hole from touching the battery. It came loose and began to rub against the battery and then only blew unconditioned air"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"AC stopped working, was cycling off and on rapidly and not pulling up the compressor. Would get about 4 minutes of AC within half and hour driving. Refilled refrigerant, so far (1 week) the problem seems to be fixed."

Karen E., TN (2009 Subaru Outback)
Condenser

"water driping on interior/passenger side footwell. drain in dashboard housing evaporater / condenser clogged & water wetting carpet on floor of passenger side foot well"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Evaporator

"wish dealer could determine cause of leak sooner because we needed to bring vehicle back to dealer several times before problem was corrected"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"Heater core needs to be replaced."

Anonymous, NY (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Heater control cable became disconnected as result of radio replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"System was low on refrigerant, was top off works well now"

Anonymous, MN (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 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

Doors or sliding doors

"Latch on rear cargo door of station wagon sometimes does not latch"

Anonymous, NS (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The auto lock for the right rear door no longer works-- we have to flip it locked or unlocked manually."

Allan C., WA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"The Gas cap cover has become difficult to open. Appears to have become sprung somehow"

Anonymous, CT (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Cable controlling the gas filler door rusted and failed, and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"Whilst driving the driver side window completely shattered after going over a bump. I was completely covered with shards of glass"

Michael C., MA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 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 goes blank

"Radio stations and temperature display when they feel like it. Does not seem to be due to weather conditions"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5XT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"nav is total junk. never worked very well and today is nothing but a glowing announce that doesn't function. Worst of all its integrated into the whole dash so it can't be upgraded with aftermarket option"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"radio or cd will turn off while playing. It happens once every several months. To get the radio to work again I must shut off the ignition and turn it back on"

Thomas C., NY (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio (and cd) just stop playing or when turned on, no sound comes out. Very random. Had original stereo replaced within months of car purchase (warranty), and the second one started doing the same thing in a couple years. Turn stereo off and back on"

Anonymous, OR (2009 Subaru Outback)

"Excessive static on AM stations"

Howard C., NE (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 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 interior trim or moldings

"Problems with cup holders and latches to interior compartments"

Anonymous, IA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Driver sun visor broke; it just hangs down on its hinge"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Visors on both passenger and driver sides needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, ME (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 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

Alternator

"Whining noise from alternator, replaced alternator under warranty"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Coil

"A series of dashboard warning lights came on and car had miss and no power."

John M., MD (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"undiagnosed problem of engine starting rough with unburned fuel damaging catalytic converter."

Anonymous, CT (2009 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

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

Transmission Minor

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

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AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:PASSENGER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE
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:FRONTAL:PASSENGER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE
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:FRONTAL:PASSENGER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE
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:FRONTAL:PASSENGER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE
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:FRONTAL:PASSENGER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE
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:FRONTAL:PASSENGER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE
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 Tribeca, Impreza, Forester, WRX, Legacy, and Outback 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 will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflators, 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 TKC-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: 18V014000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 72150
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:PASSENGER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE
Jan 11 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 Baja, 2009 Forester, Legacy and Outback and 2006-2009 Impreza (including WRX and STI models) and Tribeca 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. 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 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 passenger front 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 TKB-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: 17V026000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 69529
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:PASSENGER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE
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:FRONTAL:PASSENGER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE
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:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
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
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
Mar 27 2013
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 is recalling certain model year 2005-2009 Outback and Legacy vehicles manufactured from December 2003, through April 2009 and 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.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles. If no brake fluid seepage is observed, the affected area 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 on May 30, 2013. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's recall campaign number is WQG-43.
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: 13V110000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 274402
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