Subaru of America is recalling 72,150 model year 2009 Tribecas, Imprezas, Foresters, WRXs, Legacys and Outbacks sold, or ever registered, in 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.
The vehicles are equipped with airbag inflators assembled as part of the passenger front airbag 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 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 inflators, 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 TKC-18.