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Subaru Outback recall 03V232000

Excessive Rust on Left Front Suspension Component
Suspension & Steering, August 1, 2003

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A specific front suspension component may develop excessive rust on vehicles operated in areas where salt is used to de-ice the roads. This can lead to failure of the component.


Subaru will notify owners of affected vehicles beginning August 1, 2003. There are no specific symptoms related to this recall. If don't receive notification and you feel you should have, please contact your dealer. It's helpful to have your vehicle identification number (VIN) when you call.


Certain left side front transverse link components were produced with poor paint quality. Vehicles operated for an extensive period in "salt-belt" areas could develop excessive rust on the affected link, which could eventually break. A broken left front suspension link could affect vehicle control without prior warning, possibly resulting in a crash. Dealers will apply anti-rust material to the left front transverse link. The Subaru recall number is WWN-97.

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s): 2003

Mfr's Report Date:
August 1, 2003

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 03V232000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: SUSPENSION:FRONT

Potential Number of Units Affected: 350

Summary: ON SOME PASSENGER AND SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES ORIGINALLY SOLD IN OR CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN THE STATES OF CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, IOWA, KENTUCKY, MAINE, MARYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, MISSOURI, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, VERMONT, VIRGINIA, WEST VIRGINIA, WISCONSIN, AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, CERTAIN LEFT-HAND FRONT TRANSVERSE LINK COMPONENTS WERE PRODUCED WITH POOR PAINT QUALITY. IF THE VEHICLE IS OPERATED FORM AN EXTENSIVE PERIOD IN A SALT-BELT AREA, CONTINUED EXPOSURE TO SALT COULD CAUSE THE LEFT FRONT TRANSVERSE LINK TO RUST AND EVENTUALLY BREAK.

Consequence: IF THE TRANSVERSE LINK WERE TO BREAK DUE TO RUSTING, CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE COULD BE AFFECTED WITHOUT PRIOR WARNING, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A CRASH.

Remedy: DEALERS WILL APPLY ANTI-RUST MATERIAL TO THE LEFT FRONT TRANSVERSE LINK. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN AUGUST 1, 2003. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-782-2783.

Notes: SUBARU RECALL NO. WWN-97.CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION┬┐S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).

Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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