The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has just announced a safety recall affecting 69,590 model year 2011 Subaru Legacy and Outback vehicles. The recall concerns adhesive, or a possible lack thereof, used to affix moonroof glass to its retainer. This action covers 2011 Legacy and Outback models manufactured from August 3, 2010, through July 1, 2011.

NHTSA says an inadequate amount of adhesive on the moonroofs of affected models could allow the glass to loosen or even detach while the vehicle is in motion. This flying glass, says the agency, could become a road hazard and possibly even lead to a crash.

Subaru will contact owners of affected Legacy and Outback models in October and says its dealers will inspect the adhesive and, if necessary, apply more of the sticky substance to ensure the glass doesn't detach. As is always the case with a federal recall, dealers will inspect and repair components free of charge, and owners are urged to contact Subaru for more info. Click past the jump to read the official recall notice.
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Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
SUBARU / LEGACY 2011
SUBARU / OUTBACK 2011

Manufacturer: SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC. Mfr's Report Date: SEP 06, 2011

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V467000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: VISIBILITY:SUN ROOF ASSEMBLY

Potential Number of Units Affected: 69,590

Summary:
SUBARU IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 OUTBACK AND LEGACY VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM AUGUST 3, 2010, THROUGH JULY 1, 2011. THE MOONROOF GLASS MAY COME LOOSE OR DETACH. THE AMOUNT AND POSITION OF THE ADHESIVE BETWEEN THE GLASS AND RETAINER WAS INADEQUATELY APPLIED.

Consequence:
THE MOONROOF GLASS CAN LOOSEN AND DETACH FROM THE VEHICLE DURING DRIVING, RESULTING IN A POTENTIAL ROAD HAZARD FOR OTHER VEHICLES, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:
SUBARU WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE GLASS ADHESION CONDITION AND EITHER APPLY ADDITIONAL ADHESIVE OR REPLACE THE MOONROOF GLASS, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING OCTOBER 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-782-2783.

Notes:
SUBARU'S SAFETY RECALL NUMBER IS WVW-33. 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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      • 3 Years Ago
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      iBiRiAiDiFiOiRiD
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hahaha. Awesome defect. I could only imagine driving down the road in my 2011 Legacy with the sunroof back only to attempt to shut it when I arrive at 'point B' when.... it's not there anymore.
        Rayvan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @iBiRiAiDiFiOiRiD
        Hahaha, So funny! Someone behind the defective car may have died in a bloody wreck because of it, but Hahaha! Awesome defect!!!!
      Kumar
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just a trivial downside of swapping out the nice big sun roof in the last gen for a different, smaller design...
      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      I guess the person that had applied the glue just had a bad weekend
      kontroll
      • 3 Years Ago
      yes, that's what we need is flying moonroofs...the japanese consider America their garbage can. Why do americans even buy these POS asian cars???
        Al Terego
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kontroll
        These cars are built and assembled in Indiana. The motor is the only thing that is Japanese. There's no recall on them outside of North America....ahem.
      Supercolts10
      • 1 Month Ago

      Say what you will about foreign autos but I will say that I have a great Toyota Tundra since 2008 when I purchased it and the only time it has ever spent in any repair facility is when they are completing recall work for free. Most American made autos or trucks do not have this type of quality built in to their production. From my experience most of the american made autos are built to fail. So we take them in for repair visits. 

      apexnut
      • 3 Years Ago
      Too bad the recall doen't apply to the entire (exterior) design...
      Myself
      • 3 Years Ago
      They probably only install the Bail-out button...
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      Bscar
      • 3 Years Ago
      On the bright side, if someone is tailgating you and the moonroof flies off, they won't tailgate you much after that, I don't think. :P
      poorboywrx
      • 3 Years Ago
      first thought I had, do not ride behind a Subaru on my motorcycle...
      • 3 Years Ago
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