Subaru of America is recalling 511 model year 2009-2013 Foresters, model year 2008-2011 Imprezas, model year 2008-2014 WRXs, model year 2005-2014 Legacys, model year 2005-2014 Outbacks and model year 2006-2008 Tribecas equipped with a mechanical key ignition switch installed as a replacement part.
The ball spring inside the switch may break, reducing the strength of the ignition switch. If this occurs, the weight on the key ring and certain road conditions could cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position to the accessory position, turning off the engine.
The engine turning off unexpectedly can increase the risk of a crash. If a crash occurs under this condition, the air bag may not deploy, increasing the risk of injury.
What to do
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the ignition switch, replacing the ignition switch, if necessary, free of charge.
The recall is expected to begin May 10, 2019.
Owners may contact Subaru customer service at (844) 373-6614. Subaru's number for this recall is WUF-91.