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Major Subaru recall announced in Australia

  • Subaru Australia announces major recall on 77 of older generation vehicles
  • Faulty ignition switches possibly installed between February 2017 and April 2019
  • Affected vehicles will see key position switch from ON to ACC while moving

Subaru Australia has announced a major recall on 77 of its vehicles after ‘imperfections’ were found in replacement ignition switches.

The Japanese car manufacturer issued an urgent recall on older-generation models to replace potentially faulty ignition switches installed between February 19 2017 and April 14 2019.

Vehicles fitted with the affected spare part could see the key position switch from ON to ACC position while the vehicle is moving.

‘This will cause the engine to stop running and the power supply to the SRS airbag system will be cut,’ Subaru said in a statement to

‘If the engine stops running, the vehicle will unexpectedly slow down and stop, posing an accident hazard to the occupants of the vehicle and other road users. 

‘If the vehicle was involved in a collision at this time, the airbag system would not react as designed, increasing the risk of injury to the driver and/or vehicle occupants.’

Affected models include:

Liberty – MY2004-2014

Outback – MY2004-2014

Forester – MY2009-2013

Tribeca – MY2006-2014

Exiga – MY2009-2018

Impreza – MY2008-2011

WRX/WRX STI – MY2008-2014.

Known owners will be contacted by Subaru Australia to be booked in for an inspection, where a replacement ignition switch will be installed free of charge.

Concerned owners can also contact Subaru Australia’s Customer Relations Team on 1300 550 994 to be booked in for an inspection.

It comes after Subaru Australia recalled more than 121,000 vehicles in March to fix a potential fault which caused the brake lights to fail.


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