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Old 03-14-2007, 10:29 PM   #1
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I do not know if this is STI specific, but I got a letter from subaru in the mail today saying that thier is a recall on my car (2006 sti) and that their is a bolt under the drivers side seat that causes electrical shorts and in the event of an accident will cause the airbags not to deploy. Has anyone else got this letter? or had any of the above mentioned issues happen with their car.
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Old 03-14-2007, 10:39 PM   #2
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To: All Subaru Dealers
Attn: Service Manager
From: Subaru of America, Inc.
Date: March 5, 2007
Subject: WVC-13 Passenger Front Seat Wiring Safety Recall
Subaru of America, Inc. has initiated a voluntary Safety Recall to inspect and possibly repair the passenger front seat wiring on approximately 7,000 2006MY Forester and Impreza models. Campaign code WVC-13 has been assigned to this Safety Recall.
Affected vehicles may have been produced with an improperly routed electrical wiring harness. The harness may have been pinched against the passenger front seat mounting bolt during production. If the wiring harness was improperly installed, an electrical short could occur.
There are two safety risks associated with this condition. The first is that the passenger’s front air bag, which is connected to this wiring harness, could become disabled, in which case it would not deploy as designed in an accident and would therefore expose the right front passenger to the possibility of serious injuries. The second is that an electrical short circuit could, under some circumstances, cause a fire.
If an electrical short circuit occurs in this wiring harness, fuse #6 (located in the fuse panel on the lower left side of the dashboard) will “blow”, disabling the passenger front air bag. This could occur at any time and without prior warning. But once it occurs, the driver will be alerted to this condition by the illumination of the air bag system warning light on the vehicle’s instrument panel. Occupants will also be alerted to this condition if the passenger’s frontal air bag ON/OFF indicator indicates “OFF” even if an adult passenger is occupying that seat.
If fuse #6 had previously blown and been replaced with no repair made to correct the underlying cause, there is a possibility that this wiring harness has already been damaged due to a short circuit. Under these circumstances, the new replacement fuse may not blow and a fire could occur at any time without warning. In Forester models, it could happen even if the ignition switch is in the “LOCK” (off) position.
Vehicle owners will be advised in the Owner Notification Letter that if they encounter a blown fuse, an illuminated air bag system warning light, smell smoke, or have replaced a blown fuse #6 without correcting the underlying problem, to not operate the vehicle. They will be advised to contact the nearest Subaru dealer as soon as possible for guidance. In these cases, dealers should arrange to have the vehicle towed and repairs performed immediately.
This recall will involve inspection and possible repair of the front passenger seat wire harness. Please refer to the Service Procedure section of the Product Campaign Bulletin for more details.
General information concerning this Safety Recall:
• Campaign Bulletin WVC-13 has been posted on the Techinfo.Subaru.com website. The Bulletin contains additional information concerning identification of affected vehicles, repair and claim submission procedures.
• On or around March 5, 2007, dealers will be mailed affected VIN lists along with a supply of campaign completion labels.
• On or around March 9, 2007, owner notification letters will be mailed.
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Old 03-15-2007, 03:04 AM   #3
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At least this isn't like the g35 recall where the brake rotors snapped in half during hard breaking and caused a bunch of accidents. You'll be fine without your airbags!!!

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Old 03-15-2007, 04:01 AM   #4
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how do the words "voluntary" and "safety" get placed in the same sentence when talking about a recall?
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Old 03-15-2007, 07:59 AM   #5
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I got one for my '06 WRX.

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Old 03-15-2007, 08:27 AM   #6
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how do the words "voluntary" and "safety" get placed in the same sentence when talking about a recall?
It means SOA found the fault and is repairing it without the government telling them that they have to. It shows how commited SOA is to the product, unlike many other companies (Ford, GM, VW.....)
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Old 03-15-2007, 09:36 AM   #7
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haha... compared to VW... you've only got a 1% chance of cabin fire.... vs the 98% you'll get with VW.
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Old 03-15-2007, 10:25 AM   #8
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What does this number "Campaign code WVC-13" mean? Is it located on the car somewhere?
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Old 03-15-2007, 10:42 AM   #9
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I havent gotten anything......but it sounds a lot simpler to just fixit yourself instead of having to take probably a day to go to the dealer and have them look at it
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Old 03-15-2007, 11:45 AM   #10
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how do the words "voluntary" and "safety" get placed in the same sentence when talking about a recall?
It means SOA found the fault and is repairing it without the government telling them that they have to. It shows how commited SOA is to the product, unlike many other companies (Ford, GM, VW.....)
The only time when a recall is involuntary is when NHTSA sues you and you lose in court.

Here's an example of a "voluntary" SOA recall. On December 18, 1996 NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation opened an investigation into unexpected air bag deployments in some Subaru models. The investigation was opened as the result of owner complaints, not because SOA notified ODI about the problem. SOA finally agreed to recall those models in December, 1998, two full years after ODI began its investigation. SOA called its WXO-72 safety recall a voluntary service program.

http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/pr...h&summary=true
http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/prepos/...-98V315-NN.PDF
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Old 03-15-2007, 12:09 PM   #11
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What does this number "Campaign code WVC-13" mean? Is it located on the car somewhere?
It is the code that Subaru has assigned to the recall. When you get it done they affix a sticker with this number on the car so that others can tell it has been performed.

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I havent gotten anything......but it sounds a lot simpler to just fixit yourself instead of having to take probably a day to go to the dealer and have them look at it
Are you stupid? They're fixing it for free the right way. Not to mention that if you don't get it fixed or fix it yourself it won't show that the service was ever performed in Subaru's system. Subaru is telling you they'll fix it. For free. The correct way. Why the hell would you do it yourself?
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Old 03-15-2007, 01:01 PM   #12
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just cause im fixing it myself doesnt mean im doing it worng........now if your the kind of person that does hack fix it jobs then sure you are stupid.....but the way I treat my car my job would like 100 times better than the person they have at the dealer doing the less important stuff.......do you really think they are going to have an SAE master mech taking care of a pintch wire......i dont think so

since the recal is "voluntary" and not everyone is being asked to do it then why would it be so important that it show on subarus system as performed.....unless like i said before you do retarted work and mess it up

also even though its free I would rather spend 1 hour fiing it and not having to be without a car for a whole day......which is what the dealer will probably take in fixing it

so to answer you question....NO.....i dont think im stupid
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Old 03-15-2007, 01:17 PM   #13
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You need to find a dealer that has factory trained techs then.

The smart thing to do is let the dealer do it, have the work recorded as done by Subaru and not have to worry about any future warranty issues. That's the smart thing to do.
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Old 03-15-2007, 01:25 PM   #14
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just cause im fixing it myself doesnt mean im doing it worng........now if your the kind of person that does hack fix it jobs then sure you are stupid.....but the way I treat my car my job would like 100 times better than the person they have at the dealer doing the less important stuff.......do you really think they are going to have an SAE master mech taking care of a pintch wire......i dont think so

since the recal is "voluntary" and not everyone is being asked to do it then why would it be so important that it show on subarus system as performed.....unless like i said before you do retarted work and mess it up

also even though its free I would rather spend 1 hour fiing it and not having to be without a car for a whole day......which is what the dealer will probably take in fixing it

so to answer you question....NO.....i dont think im stupid
According to the document at http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/prepos/...7V043-8948.pdf one of the steps involved when damaged wiring is discovered is to recalibrate the occupant detection system. How are you going to do that?

Also, many states won't let you pass inspection if there are any unfulfilled safety recalls outstanding on your car.
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Old 03-15-2007, 02:49 PM   #15
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So is this going to be fun for all of us with guages and the factory clock and passanger airbag light zip tied inside the dash somewhere, Or can they calibrate it some other way?
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Old 03-15-2007, 05:13 PM   #16
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I posted a thread on this in this section the other week with some info.

The only problem you have when you dont have the dealer do it is that you will keep getting those annoying letters until it is done. It is a simple process and so far all the ones i have done haven't required nothing more than to inspect them to see if this has happened. All of them have been done in 20 minutes.

All 3 of my techs are factory trained Master or Senior Master techs

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Old 03-15-2007, 06:52 PM   #17
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So what happens when I take my modified 2006 STi in for the recall? They going to give me a hard time or will they just check what they need to under the seat and let me go on my way?
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Old 03-15-2007, 06:56 PM   #18
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So what happens when I take my modified 2006 STi in for the recall? They going to give me a hard time or will they just check what they need to under the seat and let me go on my way?
that would be funny if you had some sparco seats and told them about the recal...lol
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The modifications don't mean anything. The recall is a factory issue with how the wiring was routed under the passenger side front seat regardless of what is done to the vehicle performance wise.
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Old 03-15-2007, 07:44 PM   #20
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I'm going to take my seat off this weekend. I see no need in taking my car in if the whip isn't pinched. If it is then so be it...I have nothing better to do anyways and the dealer isn't open on weekends. I'll post pictures
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Old 03-15-2007, 09:43 PM   #21
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So what happens when I take my modified 2006 STi in for the recall? They going to give me a hard time or will they just check what they need to under the seat and let me go on my way?
It doesn't matter....

You can have a salvage title and they still have to perform the recall

You would be dumb to attempt to do it yourself....It's a 10 page procedure.....(if the wire is pinched). You would be the one to cry foul and try to sue SOA if something happened with the airbags or they blew up in your face.

What's the big deal? If you get the letter, take it in....the inspection takes about 20 minutes and if the wire needs to be repaired it takes about 45.
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Old 03-15-2007, 09:50 PM   #22
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subscribed , for pics ^^^^^^ cause I'm not de-modding my car for a stupid wireing harness.
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Old 03-15-2007, 09:58 PM   #23
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subscribed , for pics ^^^^^^ cause I'm not de-modding my car for a stupid wireing harness.
They aren't gonna write your VIN number down and blacklist your ass. Just take it in. The worse that could happen is the mechanic may compliment your mods.
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They aren't gonna write your VIN number down and blacklist your ass. Just take it in. The worse that could happen is the mechanic may compliment your mods.

In that case , I'll be calling one of these dealers to make an appointment
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Eventually you stop getting the letters from SOA on recalls but it takes a few years. I haven't seen a letter about the '03 seat bolt thing in about a year I don't think. Could be that the dealer put the VIN in as done though after I asked if I could just bring the seat that's sitting in my basement to them so I'd stop getting letters about it.
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