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Recall 18V773000

Fuel Display Displays Inaccurate Fuel Level And Estimated Miles To Empty

Recall Details

The mileage to empty display, low fuel warning light and fuel level may be inaccurate, showing fuel remaining when it has run out. Dealers will reprogram the combination meter software free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The display that provides information about the fuel level remaining in the vehicle and the estimated mileage that may be driven until the fuel tank becomes empty may be inaccurate. The fuel tank may become empty while miles to empty is still a positive number, leading a drive to believe there is fuel when it has run out. This can lead to the engine stalling while driving unexpectedly and an accident.

What Should You Do?

Recall repairs on your Subaru must be performed by a Subaru dealership. Subaru will notify known owners of affected vehicles (a timetable of this notification is unavailable as of the time of this writing). If you do not receive a notification, but wish to check to see if your vehicle is included, please contact one of your local Subaru dealerships. They will also check for any other incomplete recalls on your vehicle. For best results, be prepared to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the service department consultant you speak with. The Subaru recall number is WTW-82.

Electrical & Lights, November 01, 2018

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
November 01, 2018
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
228,648
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
18V773000
Component
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Summary
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2018 Subaru Legacy and Outback vehicles. Due to a software error, the low fuel warning light may not illuminate at the intended remaining fuel level and the miles-to-empty display may incorrectly indicate a positive number despite the tank being empty.
Consequence
The inaccurate fuel display may cause a driver to unexpectedly run out of fuel and the vehicle to stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the combination meter software, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Subaru's number for this recall is WTW-82.
Notify
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
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