• Jul 13, 2010

2010 Subaru Outback – Click above for high-res gallery

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Subaru is recalling 74,000 2010 Outback and Legacy models built between February 16, 2009 and April 12, 2010. It seems that a bundle of wires located behind the steering wheel can develop stress cracks and eventually break. If this happens, some vehicle functions with controls on the steering wheel – such as the horn, cruise and radio controls, paddle shifters and even the driver's airbag – could fail.

Owners of affected vehicles are urged to contact their local dealerships to see if their cars are equipped with a possibly defective steering roll connector. If so, the dealership will replace the component free of charge. Earlier this year, Subaru recalled roughly 30,000 Outback and Legacy models for a leaky CVT transmission hose.

Full details on this latest recall can be found after the break.



[Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration]

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
SUBARU / LEGACY 2010
SUBARU / OUTBACK 2010
Manufacturer: SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC. Mfr's Report Date: JUN 22, 2010
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V283000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: STEERING:COLUMN
Potential Number of Units Affected: 73698
Summary:
 SUBARU IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 OUTBACK AND LEGACY PASSENGER VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM FEBRUARY 16, 2009 THROUGH APRIL 12, 2010. THE WIRING IN THE STEERING COLUMN ELECTRICAL ROLL CONNECTOR LOCATED BEHIND THE VEHICLE'S STEERING WHEEL MAY DEVELOP STRESS CRACKS AND EVENTUALLY BREAK. IF THIS WERE TO HAPPEN CERTAIN ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS MAY NOT OPERATE AS INTENDED.
Consequence:
 POSSIBLE CIRCUITS AFFECTED ARE THE DRIVER'S FRONTAL AIRBAG, PADDLE SHIFTER FUNCTION, CRUISE CONTROL, HORN CONTROL AND RADIO FUNCTIONS INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy:
 DEALERS WILL CHECK LOT NUMBER OF THE STEERING ROLL CONNECTOR. THE ROLL CONNECTOR WILL BE REPLACED WITH A NEW ONE IF THE LOT NUMBER SHOWED ANY AFFECTED RANGE OF THE FAILURE OCCURRENCE. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON JULY 7, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-782-2783.
Notes:
 SUBARU SAFETY RECALL NO. WVR-28. 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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  • 18 Comments
      A pre-school director
      • 4 Years Ago
      Isn't it nice when honest virtues win ?
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's got cruise control....that doesn't work. It's got steering mounted audio....that doesn't work. It's got an airbag...that doesn't work. And because of all these niggly little faults, I was able to get this bucket of magnificence for just 1100 of my pounds.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Gotta love that Toyota influence!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dear Subaru,

      Is it ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY to retain the "sensible shoes" look in every generation?

      If so, please delete all color options except medium brown with gray interior. Head and tail lights must be as unobtrusive as possible.

      Remember, the sensible shoes mantra "Customers should not be able to select their car from a group with quantities larger than 3".

      Sincerely,

      The Bland Squad
      • 4 Years Ago
      My mechanic buddy had a customer with an Accord that had intermittent electrical glitches that the dealers and factory reps couldn't cure. He finally found some wires that had been mashed by something bolted to the firewall and were self-grounding in humid conditions or when they felt like stranding her somewhere dark. Freeing the wires and protecting their exposed copper with silicone cured the problem. Nobody's immune from Murphy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Do you know what year Accord that was? Both my sister and girlfriend have a 2003 Accord & my sister has problems with her locks not working & my girlfriend has issues now with the driver side power window.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the looks of the new Legacy, one of the very few Japanese models I would consider. But everyone has their own tastes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      2005- 2009 Subaru Legacy/Outback is the best model year by far.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Japanese qualiy........sad.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've been trying to pinpoint what makes me not like this cars exterior and I have now figured it out. The headlights. Were these ripped straight off the awful looking Sonata? You have to have some strange taste and mental hang-ups to purchase this car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can they issue a recall for ugly? The more of these I see on the road, the more I hate them.

      I never thought I wouldn't consider a car just because it was unattractive, but Subaru has proved me wrong - and driven me from showrooms for the foreseeable future.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed. The hatchback version of Impreza, however, is pretty damn stylish, IMO.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Funny, the Camry bland Legacy drove me away from showrooms for the foreseeable future.
      • 4 Years Ago
      how many recalls have these cars had now?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is this still the same issue where the 'wrong' kind of grease was used for a while...one that corrodes the wire casings?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I doubt it, as there usually isn't any exposed grease points in the steering column. More likely it's just a faulty clock spring, which is a fancy electrical connector between the column and the steering wheel that allows you to turn without trying to wind or unwind six feet of wiring in the column.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe they can replace those horrific Chrysler Sebring headlights while they're at it..
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