Premature timing belt failure is not uncommon. The recommended service interval is 60K, but belt failures before that mileage have been noted. This 1.8L engine is considered "free-wheeling", therefore the chances of valve damage if the timing belt fails is minimal.
Premature timing belt failure on Subaru XT
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Engine affected: 1.8L 4 Cylinder
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