Subaru of America will recall more than 200,000 vehicles suffering from fuel system programming errors.
The Camden, New Jersey-based manufacturer will recall 228,648 2018 Subaru Legacy and 2018 Subaru Outback vehicles built between Feb. 1, 2017 and Aug. 17, 2018, according to a recall report sent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The affected vehicles suffer from a software programming error that prevents the low fuel warning night from correctly illuminating. The error also causes incorrect readings in the driving range indicator, displaying a positive distance-to-empty reading when no usable fuel remains. Drivers can unexpectedly run out of fuel, increasing stall and crash risk.
Subaru stated in its recall chronology they first received faulty fuel warning reports in December 2017. Engineers collected parts from December 2017 to March 2018 and sent them to the supplier, Continental Automotive System of Auburn Hills, Michigan, for analysis.
Continental Automotive System examined the parts and submitted its investigation report to Subaru in July 2018. Subaru assessed the field data from August to October 2018 and decided on Oct. 25, 2018 to initiate a voluntary safety recall.
Subaru will notify owners and dealers will reprogram the combination meter software for free. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Subaru’s number for this recall is WTW-82. Subaru consumers can also visit the NHTSA’s website and enter their VIN to see if their vehicle is included in any recalls.
Your vehicle’s manufacturer is legally required to fix any recalled problems for free. If the dealership refuses to fix the part or tries to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately. The Highway Safety Act of 1970, which created the NHTSA, requires car manufacturers to pay for the recall and replacement of a defective part.
If the manufacturer fails to repair, replace, repurchase, or provide your recalled vehicle’s loss value, they are violating the warranty and a lawyer may be able to help you. Lemon law attorneys help their clients by dealing directly with the manufacturer on the clients’ behalf, working to promptly resolve the issue and get their clients back on the road. Thanks to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, attorneys can seek their fees directly from the manufacturer, meaning a client can obtain legal counsel without having to pay attorneys’ fees directly out of pocket.
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