Subaru of America is recalling 159,274 model year 2003-2004 Legacy, Outback; 2009-2011 Legacy, Outback Forester; 2006-2011 Impreza, Tribeca; 2003-2006 Baja; and 2006 Saab 9-2x vehicles originally sold or that have ever been 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 may be equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger front air bag modules, and used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front air bags, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.
An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
What to do
Subaru will notify their owners. General Motors will notify Saab owners. Dealers will replace the passenger front air bag inflator, free of charge. A notification schedule has not yet been provided.
Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-856-488-8500. Saab owners may contact GM at 1-800-955-9007. Subaru's number for this recall is TKA-16.