• Mar 25, 2010
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Subaru has issued a recall for 1,585 2010 Subaru Tribecas for mispositioned door latches. Apparently, during production some door latch cables were installed improperly, so that when the window is rolled down the cable might catch in the door glass regulator, and that will open the door. The recall has begun and Subaru dealers will fix both latches for free. If you are one of the affected, you can find the full report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration after the jump.



[Source: NHTSA]
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Make: SUBARU
Model: TRIBECA
Model Year: 2010

Manufacturer: SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC. Mfr's Report Date: MAR 17, 2010
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V108000

Component: LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES:DOORS:LATCH
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1585

Summary:
SUBARU HAS NOTIFIED NHTSA ABOUT A DEFECT IN CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 TRIBECA PASSENGER CARS MANUFACTURED FROM SEPTEMBER 4, 2009 THROUGH MARCH 8, 2010. THE DOOR LATCH CABLES LOCATED INSIDE THE VEHICLE'S DRIVER AND FRONT PASSENGER DOORS WERE IMPROPERLY POSITIONED DURING PRODUCTION. AS A RESULT, A CABLE CAN CATCH IN THE DOOR GLASS REGULATOR WHEN A WINDOW IS OPENED OR CLOSED. SHOULD THAT OCCUR, IT MAY UNLATCH THE DOOR, CAUSING IT TO COME OPEN UNEXPECTEDLY WHEN RAISING OR LOWERING THE WINDOW.

Consequence:
IF A DOOR WERE TO UNLATCH, IT COULD OPEN SUDDENLY AND WITHOUT WARNING, CREATING A RISK THAT AN OCCUPANT COULD BE EJECTED AS WELL AS A RISK THAT THE DRIVER MAY BECOME DISTRACTED, LEADING TO A CRASH. THIS CONDITION MAY ALSO RESULT IN THE FAILURE OF A DOOR LATCH TO OPERATE, IN WHICH CASE OCCUPANTS WOULD BE UNABLE TO OPEN THE DOOR TO EXIT THE VEHICLE.

Remedy:
SUBARU WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS AND WILL REPAIR THE VEHICLES BY REPOSITIONING AND SECURING THE LATCH CABLE IN BOTH FRONT DOORS FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON MARCH 19, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SUBARU TOLL-FREE AT 1-800-SUBARU3 (1-800-782-2783) MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY BETWEEN 8:30 AM AND 7:00 PM EST AND FRIDAY BETWEEN 10:30 AM AND 5:00 PM EST.

Notes:
SUBARU'S RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS WVO-25. 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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      • 4 Years Ago
      I never saw one...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I much prefer the first generation of this vehicle than any other. I loved that snout-like nose.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Man, those lesbians are going to be angry when they hear they need to bring their tribecas in... how to visit the hardware store without the space needed to bring things home?
      • 4 Years Ago
      They still make these?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I guess Toyota opened the flood gate?
        • 4 Years Ago
        No, this is a standard recall. Like pretty much every car manufacturer, safety recalls are necessary from time to time. The difference is responsible manufacturers don't hide or sit on evidence that a recall is needed. On a side note, although I wouldn't buy one of these myself as I don't have kids yet - a good friend of mine at work bought one second-hand from his local Subaru dealership, and I was pretty amazed at the quality of it. I definitely wouldn't rule it out as a daily family load-lugger in the future.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not so much, as this seems like a mechanical defect. But this appears to not be because of failure, but interference between two mechanical systems. Moving window versus moving door unlock thingamadeal.

        Did they isolate it to a specific installer on the line, or was it all 2010 Tribecas, as it was modded a bit this year?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Go /yourself please.
      • 4 Years Ago
      subaru sold 1,585 Tribecas?
      • 4 Years Ago
      you have GOT to be kidding...

      Take this advice from someone who knows about making statements that not everyone agrees with...

      Being insane... doesn't help.

      It is a production line mis-fitting *potential* between two parts inside the doors. A manufacturing mistake that could happen at any factory anywhere.

      SUBARU is the one who announced this recall, and put it forward, as an act of responsibility to fix a possible issue. This isn't smearing of any kind, this is business.

      To liken this to Toyota is to mis-understand the entire issue.

      To liken this to racism is just completely insane. You are doing yourself, and somewhat toyota's remaining image, a disservice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ...Take this advice from someone who knows about making statements that not everyone agrees with.......

      lol that's a funny one, accurate, self-deprecating and a big +1
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's one way to limit the scope of your recalls - sell 200 cars a month to keep the numbers manageable.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Classic spamming you mean.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes, haha, they still make them. I sold one brand new one so far for 2009 and 2010.

      It's not a huge deal, everyone has recalls, it's how you handle them, and Subaru is always very proactive.

      The fix is rather funny though. One of the key components is... wait for it... a zip tie!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I guess that's the difference, though: that's what zip ties are FOR - cable management, rather than attempting to be the 'fix for everything,' for which duct tape holds the current title.
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