• Jul 27, 2009
The Subaru Baja never managed to win over the buying public, but those that own the little trucklet seem to downright adore Fuji Heavy's platypus, so they'll probably want to listen up, as their baby may be subject to a safety recall.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Association has discovered that cracks may develop in the Baja's fuel hose connection on the pressure side of the pump. The condition could result in a fuel leak, which could then lead to a fire. Beginning in September, Subaru is recalling 15,633 MY 2005-2006 Bajas and affected owners can bring their vehicles to any Subaru dealer to get the fuel pump bracket – including all nipples – replaced free of charge. Hit the jump to read over NHTSA's press release.

[Source: NHTSA]

PRESS RELEASE:

Vehicle Make / Model: SUBARU / BAJA Model Year(s): 2005-2006
Manufacturer: SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC. Mfr's Report Date: JUL 16, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V277000
NHTSA Action Number: EA09007
Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP
Potential Number of Units Affected: 15633

Summary:
SUBARU IS RECALLING 15,633 MY 2005-2006 BAJA VEHICLES. CRACKS MAY DEVELOP IN THE FUEL HOSE CONNECTION ON THE OUTLET PRESSURE SIDE OF THE FUEL PUMP.
Consequence:
FUEL CAN LEAK FROM THE HOSE CONNECTION. A FUEL LEAK, IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE, COULD RESULT IN A FIRE.
Remedy:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FUEL PUMP BRACKET INCLUDING ALL NIPPLES WITH A NEW AND STRONGER DESIGN PART. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING SEPTEMBER 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-782-2783.
Notes:
SUBARU RECALL NO. WVJ-20. OWNERS 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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      • 5 Years Ago
      how are the legacies they're based off of not effected?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I own a 2001 Outback, which other than appearance is mechanically close to the Baja (in fact my Hayes manual covers both in the same book). I'm wondering why they don't recall those, either.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just sold off my 9-2x (WRX on the inside) because of what appears to be an identical issue. I wasn't about to go deal with a bankrupt company with a dealership in trouble when they couldn't fix it when they were healthier. Its pretty gross to smell gas on the first 5 minutes of your drive. Check our Raw Fuel Smell on the NASIOC or 9-2x forums.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ah, Subie's just drumming up press before they release the new Baja. ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      They sold that many?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cool little cars with a nice Subie funkiness. Would be sweet if they had made a bugeye version of it. I'd gladly take one over the wagon.

      Compared to the smileymobiles from Mazda, the generic Toyota lineup and Honda's more clumsy offerings (the Excrement, Accord, Civic, Pilot, Ridgeline and CRV come to mind) I don't think Soob has to make their cars that pretty.

      Heck, even Nissan doesn't have a single cool looking car in their lineup anymore...
      • 5 Years Ago
      They sold that many?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am convinced this is a picture of a speedboat with wheels photoshopped on. Yes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does anyone else absolutely love these things?
      Has anyone actually flogged it off-road (or on a track for that matter)?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Friend of mine had one, a couple trucks ago. He loved it. The only reason why he doesn't have it today is because he went into a ditch deeper than what he thought it was. :) They do take quite a beating. A lot of fun on the dunes. Too bad they don't make them anymore
      • 5 Years Ago
      That picture.... for a split second I thought it was a Ford Sierra sedan :-)

      http://www.wrc-cosworth.org/dv/history/Sapphire4WD.jpg
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really want one of the turbo ones
      • 5 Years Ago
      Subaru should recall it for looking ugly.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They were able to sell 15,000+ of these things?
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you think that's ugly, you should try the F150 or Silverado.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed, these things always make me puke in my mouth.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was one of those who looked forward to the Baja when it hit the concept circuit. However, what ended up in production was abominable. The damn thing has more plastic cladding than the Aztek, Avalanche, and Grand Am GT put together.

      It was more expensive than the Outback, but less useful, since its "Midgate" pass-through was about as big as a doggie door. The only advantages to it were for those who carried inordinately tall (but not wide or deep) cargo, or for those who wanted to move a cubic yard of barkdust at a time. That's about it.

      Never mind the fuel pump, they should have recalled it long ago over styling woes.
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