Subaru recalls 3k Legacy and Outback models for fluid leak

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Subaru is recalling 2,893 examples of the 2015-2016 Legacy and Outback because of a potential transmission fluid leak on the two models. The affected vehicles carry build dates between July 3 and July 25, 2015 for the Legacy, and until July 27 on the Outback.

According to a Subaru document posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ( as a PDF), during production, the seal cap in the propeller shaft yoke may have been deformed. This could cause a transmission fluid leak, and "there is a possible risk of fire" if the liquid drips onto the exhaust, the report says. Dealers will replace the entire prop shaft on these models, and repairs will start on August 28. New examples will carry a stop-sale until fixed.

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RECALL Subject : Transmission Oil Leak

Report Receipt Date: AUG 10, 2015
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V502000
Component(s): POWER TRAIN
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2,893
All Products Associated with this Recall
Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)


Manufacturer: Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2015 and 2016 model year Subaru Legacy 4-Door and Outback vehicles manufactured July 3, 2015, to July 27, 2015. Transmission oil may leak from a deformed seal cap on the propeller shaft yoke.

If the transmission oil leaks onto the exhaust pipe, there is a possible risk of fire.

Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the propeller shaft, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on August 28, 2015. Owners may contact 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's number for this recall is WQU-56.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to

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