Apparently I was incorrect in one of my previous statements. It seems that the previous stop sales each involved Subaru discovering a different way to put out a defective product that resulted in a failed engine. That's much better; thank you for correcting me.
And at any rate, while the stop sale may not have been due to the same issue I know of at least 1 documented case where an 07 STI exhibited the same problem; spun rod bearing. The 09 model year is not the first to exhibit this problem.