Subaru recalls small number of Solterras because the wheels could fall off

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The company issues a ‘do not drive’ order for 1,182 vehicles

If you drive a Subaru Solterra, read this closely. If your vehicle is one of 1,182 that are being recalled, you could be in danger of losing your wheels – literally.

The automaker reports there is a problem with under-torqued hub bolts on the affected vehicles. There was a previous recall for a similar issue on both the Solterra and bZ4X models. The problem is so serious that owners have been told not to drive the cars until the issue can be addressed.

What to do

To find out if your Solterra is one of the 1,182 cars that have been recalled, go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA), found here, and enter your car’s 17-character VIN.

Subaru attributes the problem to a third-party contractor which it says did not properly complete the repair procedure required on the previous recall. The company says the contractor may have left some bolts under-torqued, which could result in the wheels getting loose.

Subaru said dealers’ service centers can tighten the hub bolts on the affected cars. The cars will be inspected and repaired at no charge.

Subaru will contact affected owners, but checking NHTSA’s recall website is strongly advised.

You can also call the NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236, Monday through Friday 8 am-8 pm Eastern time.

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