Subaru of America is recalling 64,179 model year 2009-2013 Legacys, Foresters, Tribecas, WRXs and Outbacks, and model year 2009-2011 Imprezas sold, or ever 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.
These vehicles are equipped with certain airbag inflators assembled as part of the passenger front air bag modules used as original equipment or replacement equipment.
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger front airbag, these inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.
An explosion of an inflator within the passenger front airbag module may result in sharp metal fragments striking the front seat passenger, driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
What to do
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger airbag inflator, free of charge.
The recall is expected to begin February 9, 2018.
Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's number for this recall is TKA-18.