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Recall 08V645000

Vehicle Stability Control May Not Function As Intended

Suspension & Steering, December 19, 2008
Affected Cars

RepairPal Expert Overview

Our Quick Take:

The vehicle may handle in an unexpected way during hard braking, sudden turns, or other quick maneuvers. In extreme conditions, the driver could lose control of the vehicle and a crash could occur.

What Should You Do?

We at RepairPal have designated this a high priority recall; the vehicle dynamic control (VDC) may not function as intended. Please contact your Subaru dealer. They will check to see if your specific vehicle is affected and advise you on what to do next. Always have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.

Summary:

The vehicle dynamic control (VDC) G-sensor was improperly installed on some vehicles. It is intended to face forward, and was installed backward in production. The vehicle may handle in an unexpected way during hard braking, sudden turns, or other quick maneuvers. In extreme conditions, the driver could lose control of the vehicle and a crash could occur. Dealers will inspect the positioning of the VDC G-sensor and correct as needed. The recall began on December 19, 2008. The Subaru recall number is WVG-17.

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date: December 19, 2008

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 08V645000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL

Potential Number of Units Affected: 5,130

Summary: SUBARU IS RECALLING 5,130 MY 2008-2009 TRIBECA PASSENGER VEHICLES. THE VEHICLE DYNAMIC CONTROL (VDC) G-SENSOR WAS IMPROPERLY INSTALLED. THIS SENSOR IS DESIGNED TO BE MOUNTED IN A FORWARD FACING DIRECTION BUT MAY HAVE BEEN INSTALLED BACKWARDS DURING PRODUCTION.

Consequence: IF THE SENSOR WAS IMPROPERLY INSTALLED, VEHICLE HANDLING CHARACTERISTICS DURING HARD BRAKING, SUDDEN TURNS OR OTHER QUICK MANEUVERS COULD CAUSE THE VEHICLE TO REACT IN AN UNEXPECTED MANNER OR RESULT IN UNSTABLE HANDLING. UNDER EXTREME CONDITIONS, THE DRIVER COULD LOSE CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE AND A CRASH COULD OCCUR.

Remedy: DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE POSITION OF THE VDC G-SENSOR. IF THE SENSOR IS FOUND TO BE INSTALLED CORRECTLY, NO FURTHER ACTION IS NEEDED. IF THE SENSOR IS FOUND TO BE INSTALLED INCORRECTLY (BACKWARDS), THE SENSOR WILL BE REMOVED AND REINSTALLED IN THE CORRECT POSITION. THE VDC SYSTEM WILL ALSO BE REPROGRAMMED TO ENSURE PROPER OPERATION. THE RECALL BEGAN ON DECEMBER 19, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-782-2783.

Notes: SUBARU RECALL NO. WVG-17. CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.

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