2010 Subaru Outback Recalls
The passenger frontal air bag assembly is deployed by an inflator which contains propellant that makes the air bag deploy. This propellant may degrade over time, especially when exposed to humidity and temperature cycling. As a result, the inflator may rupture on deployment, which can send metal shrapnel through the air bag, striking vehicle occupants. This could result in serious injury or death.
The motor that operates the windshield wipers may overheat, causing the wiper operation to fail. This could result in decreased visibility and result in a crash. The wiper motor plastic cover could also melt, resulting in a fire hazard.
Certain Subaru vehicles equipped with a remote starting system are being recalled because if the remote is dropped, the engine may start unexpectedly and continue to run. Key fobs integrated on the vehicle key are not affected by this condition.
The accessory lights that illuminate the area under the doors are commonly called "puddle" lights. An electrical issue in one or more of these lights can cause the light assembly to overheat and possibly catch fire.
Components inside the front wiper motor cover may overheat. Loss of wiper operation and/or a fire may result.
The manual transmission may become noisy due to a lack of lubrication. If the noise is ignored, the transmission could fail, resulting in a loss of vehicle control.
In the steering column, there is wiring that provides power and communication to various components at the steering wheel. For example, the driver's side air bag, cruise control, horn, and steering wheel radio controls all utilize this wiring. Subaru has found that some vehicles have faults with this wiring.
The transmission has an oil cooler that helps maintain proper temperature of the transmission fluid. There is a hose on this cooler that may split, which will result in a fluid leak.