Subaru is recalling certain 2012 model year Legacy sedans and Outback wagons due to side curtain airbags that may not deploy in the event of a crash. A total of 381 vehicles are affected by this recall, all of which were manufactured between December 1 and December 23, 2011.

So, why won't the side curtain airbags deploy? We'll let the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration explain it:

These vehicles may be equipped with side curtain airbags that contain an incorrect propellant mixture for the initiator component used, resulting in insufficient output of compressed gas.

We don't need to tell you why having faulty airbags is a bad thing. Subaru will notify its owners and will replace the car's side curtain airbags free of charge. The recall is expected to fully kick off by April, and concerned owners can contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783 for more information. NHTSA's official statement is available after the jump, as well.
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Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
SUBARU / LEGACY 2012
SUBARU / OUTBACK 2012

Manufacturer: SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC.
Mfr's Report Date: FEB 09, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V047000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: AIR BAGS:SIDE/WINDOW
Potential Number of Units Affected: 381

Summary

SUBARU IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 LEGACY AND OUTBACK VEHICLES, MANUFACTURED FROM DECEMBER 1, 2011, THROUGH DECEMBER 23, 2011. THESE VEHICLES MAY BE EQUIPPED WITH SIDE CURTAIN AIR BAGS THAT CONTAIN AN INCORRECT PROPELLANT MIXTURE FOR THE INITIATOR COMPONENT USED, RESULTING IN INSUFFICIENT OUTPUT OF COMPRESSED GAS.

Consequence

THE SIDE CURTAIN AIR BAGS MAY NOT DEPLOY, INCREASING THE RISK OF INJURY.

Remedy

SUBARU WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE ONE OR BOTH SIDE CURTAIN AIR BAG MODULES, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING OR BEFORE EARLY-APRIL 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-782-2783.

Notes

SUBARU'S RECALL NUMBER IS WVZ-36. 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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      montgom626
      • 2 Years Ago
      "We don't need to tell you why having faulty airbags is a bad thing" So, you don't need to tell us, but you tell us anyway?
      MRG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Only 381 units. Not exactly an earthshaking issue. Compare to tens of thousands of VW recall units for immediately life-threatening defects such as transmission "flash of death" , HPFP grenading, engine fires, etc. etc. etc.
      billfrombuckhead
      • 2 Years Ago
      Next to Toyota, Subaru has to make the ugliest cars on the planet, that thing makes a Caliber look like a work of art. Whatever happened to form follows function?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @billfrombuckhead
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          kontroll
          • 2 Years Ago
          the 200 is 200 times better looking than this aweful looking thang
        Rico Suave
        • 2 Years Ago
        @billfrombuckhead
        A 200 is just a more sedate sebring, bleh. By works of art do you mean excessively huge and blocky? Then yes. The legacy looks and IS far superior to the 200 any day and the 300 for that matter.
      lpattis
      • 2 Years Ago
      Subaru needs to re-introduce the Legacy wagon in the US so we can have better options for AWD touring-wagons.
        Evan Hayden
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lpattis
        I wholeheartedly agree. Not a fan of the Outback at all, but man, the Legacy wagon is not too shabby.
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      ...And here we have the results of letting toyota take over.
      Charlie Jorgenson
      • 2 Years Ago
      Should be recalled due to ugliness and blatant disregard of proper automotive design. Its like the old Legacy the Mumps.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Rayvan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Quite the schnozz hangin' over those front wheels!
        Chris Bangle
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rayvan
        Subaru's Symmetrical AWD requires a longitudal engine mount with the engine in front of the front drive shafts. Unless Subaru finds another way to repackage it without giving up the symmetry, there will always be a big overhang on AWD Subarus.
      darth vader
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is it just me, or is this generation of legacy/outbacks having an unusually high amount of recalls?
        IBx27
        • 2 Years Ago
        @darth vader
        Toyota had their hands in these cars' development. That's why they have CVT's, too.
      vaua70
      • 2 Years Ago
      well this car is assembled in US it might be the US company supplying the company with parts needs improvement
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Rick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not the first time they have had to recall vehicles because of side airbag issues. Except the other issue was a few years ago and involved them being installed improperly and the curtain would deploy at barely half length. Hopefully no one has had a real life experience with this current issue.
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