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Old 07-27-2009, 07:44 PM   #1
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Default 05-06 baja recall

I found this on the www.autoblog.com web site.


The Subaru Baja never managed to win over the buying public, but those that own the little trucklet seem to downright adore Fuji Heavy's platypus, so they'll probably want to listen up, as their baby may be subject to a safety recall.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Association has discovered that cracks may develop in the Baja's fuel hose connection on the pressure side of the pump. The condition could result in a fuel leak, which could then lead to a fire. Beginning in September, Subaru is recalling 15,633 MY 2005-2006 Bajas and affected owners can bring their vehicles to any Subaru dealer to get the fuel pump bracket including all nipples replaced free of charge. Hit the jump to read over NHTSA's press release.

[Source: NHTSA]

PRESS RELEASE:

Vehicle Make / Model: SUBARU / BAJA Model Year(s): 2005-2006
Manufacturer: SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC. Mfr's Report Date: JUL 16, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V277000
NHTSA Action Number: EA09007
Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINEELIVERY:FUEL PUMP
Potential Number of Units Affected: 15633

Summary:
SUBARU IS RECALLING 15,633 MY 2005-2006 BAJA VEHICLES. CRACKS MAY DEVELOP IN THE FUEL HOSE CONNECTION ON THE OUTLET PRESSURE SIDE OF THE FUEL PUMP.
Consequence:
FUEL CAN LEAK FROM THE HOSE CONNECTION. A FUEL LEAK, IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE, COULD RESULT IN A FIRE.
Remedy:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FUEL PUMP BRACKET INCLUDING ALL NIPPLES WITH A NEW AND STRONGER DESIGN PART. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING SEPTEMBER 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-782-2783.
Notes:
SUBARU RECALL NO. WVJ-20. 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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Old 07-27-2009, 08:36 PM   #2
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Just an FYI, that recall has NOT been released by SOA yet. That explains why SOA has been wanting original fuel pumps from us.
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Old 07-28-2009, 05:58 AM   #3
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Guess I will wait for my letter from SOA
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Old 07-28-2009, 09:05 AM   #4
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Just the bracket? Drats, was hoping to get other things replaced free to me.
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Old 08-03-2009, 11:01 AM   #5
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Interesting...just spoke with Subie America and they tell me there is no recall for MY 2006 Baja, or at least my VIN. If the recall includes 15,633 MY 2005-2006 Bajas, I'd think this is the total number sold for those years
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Old 08-03-2009, 12:49 PM   #6
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They probably told you that because, as the article said, the recall hasn't been actually put into place yet. Check back next month.

I think you are right, though, that it's all of the '05s and '06s. This is a portion of what's on Safecar.gov I added the emphasis in the second line myself):

"Summary:

SUBARU WILL CONDUCT A SAFETY RECALL (09V-277) ON ALL 15, 633 MODEL YEAR (MY) 2005 AND MY 2006 BAJA VEHICLES, INCLUDING TURBO AND NON-TURBO MODELS. SUBARU HAS IDENTIFIED A DEFECT IN WHICH CRACKS DEVELOP IN THE FUEL HOSE CONNECTION (NIPPLE) ON THE OUTLET (PRESSURE) SIDE OF THE FUEL PUMP. THIS CONDITION CAN RESULT IN A PRESSURIZED LEAK OF GASOLINE FROM THE FUEL PUMP. SUBARU'S ANALYSIS OF SAMPLE PARTS COLLECTED FROM THE FIELD CONFIRMED THE ISSUE TO BE LIMITED TO MY 2005 AND MY 2006 VEHICLES ONLY. SUBARU DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FUEL PUMP BRACKET, INCLUDING ALL NIPPLES, WITH A VERSION THAT HAS BEEN MODIFIED FOR INCREASED STRENGTH. PLEASE SEE SUBARU'S DEFECT REPORT IN THE RECALL FILE (09V-277) FOR MORE DETAILS. THIS INVESTIGATION IS CLOSED."
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Old 08-03-2009, 03:52 PM   #7
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stuck it to the top for at least now til we can see where this goes
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Old 08-04-2009, 10:24 AM   #8
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Question Recall Will Require Rear Seat Removal?

I am supposinging that this recall will necessitate the removal of the rear seat to get to the fuel pump? I am not looking forward to having some I-really-don't-care mechanic removing my interior that I have tried hard to protect ...... Or perhaps it just requires folding the seat cushion up? Whatever the case, I will wait awhile and let them practice on other people's Bajas first...........
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Old 08-04-2009, 10:33 AM   #9
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I am supposinging that this recall will necessitate the removal of the rear seat to get to the fuel pump? I am not looking forward to having some I-really-don't-care mechanic removing my interior that I have tried hard to protect ...... Or perhaps it just requires folding the seat cushion up? Whatever the case, I will wait awhile and let them practice on other people's Bajas first...........
I Second That..... In Fact I may not process the Recall at all. I would like to see the data that has caused this recall. How many cars have seen this failure? What environments are the cars subjected to?...... etc.
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Old 08-05-2009, 04:34 PM   #10
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I am supposinging that this recall will necessitate the removal of the rear seat to get to the fuel pump? I am not looking forward to having some I-really-don't-care mechanic removing my interior that I have tried hard to protect ...... Or perhaps it just requires folding the seat cushion up? Whatever the case, I will wait awhile and let them practice on other people's Bajas first...........
Wrap the seats in plastic before you go in
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Old 08-07-2009, 02:31 PM   #11
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Post Local Dealer Not Yet Advised

I had my Baja worked on at our local dealership this morning (vibrating exhaust shield which they removed, under warranty). I inquired about this recall, but the service advisor had not heard of it yet.
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Old 08-08-2009, 12:41 AM   #12
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Does this mean they're going to install a new bracket for my Walbro 255?
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Old 08-11-2009, 03:22 PM   #13
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remove the seat before you go.... 2 19mm bolts... not a huge deal...
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Old 08-16-2009, 05:52 PM   #14
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I don't know about back east or north where you have temperature extremes that I'll assume can really wreak havoc on vehicles, but in Los Angeles car fires aren't all that uncommon. Cars really take a beating when you hit cracked pavement which is all over the place.
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Old 09-13-2009, 07:36 PM   #15
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All of last winter I had been getting strong fuel odors. I brought My Baja to the dealer three times for this (two different dealers, one where I bought the car) I have an extended warranty on the vehicle as well. Each time they stated there is nothing wrong with the car. I was extremely pissed off so I took it to a local and reputable mechanic who told me I'm lucky my car did not catch on fire because of the fuel leak. They fixed it and I had to fight like hell with Subaru on the phone to get my money back. To top it off they wrote me a letter with the check for the repairs about how they were 'helping me this one time' for my troubles. Now I find out the part is actually being recalled! Nonsense!
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Old 09-21-2009, 10:40 AM   #16
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My local dealer still hasn't heard of any recall regarding the fuel pump for my 05 yet. Anybody know when the recall is set to take effect other than the "Month of September"?
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Old 09-21-2009, 12:17 PM   #17
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I just got my vin ran, doesnt apply to me... strangly... I have a lowwww VIN... #241
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Old 09-24-2009, 05:20 PM   #18
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I still haven't heard anything from Scoobie-Ru about this...
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Old 09-25-2009, 11:31 AM   #19
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I haven't either and I wish they would do it soon as I have a trip to the dealer for inspection soon.
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Old 09-26-2009, 09:19 AM   #20
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Just had a customer call in because his Baja has a fuel smell. He said that he found the recall bulletin from NHTSA, but for the life of me I cannot find ANYTHING in any of the resources that are available to a dealership. I asked him if there was any reference to a "W" number, and he read off "WVJ-20", which matches the numbering scheme that Subaru uses for it's recalls.

If there is a recall, they haven't notified their dealers yet, and it's not on subarunet.


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Old 09-26-2009, 03:34 PM   #21
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Thanks for the update Mike, maybe it is in the pipeline...
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Old 10-02-2009, 10:31 AM   #22
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Thanks for the update Mike, maybe it is in the pipeline...
The customer I referenced above dropped his vehicle off today. Sure enough the fuel leak is coming from the EXACT spot that the article at the top of the page describes..........




Gonna call techline and bounce it off them, I'll let you know what they say.




ETA: It's in the pipeline....... got the impression the new parts are still in production but I may be wrong.


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Old 10-26-2009, 03:46 PM   #23
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well since nobody has talked about this recently I will jump in here: This recall is for real. I got my letter in the mail today. I wish this would have come 3 weeks ago when I was at the Subaru dealer for inspection but I digress

The letter says it will take 36 minutes to fix but due to appointments blah blah blah.

It also says don't park in a garage or carport untill you get it fixed
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Old 10-26-2009, 05:30 PM   #24
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Ya, I received my recall today as well. I was kinda hopeing my Baja would be exempt, but no such luck.
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Old 10-26-2009, 07:40 PM   #25
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Yup, finally got my letter in the mail today too.
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