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Old 09-12-2011, 09:59 PM   #1
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Default Recall On Impreza, Forester, and 9-2X Over Control Arms

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Originally Posted by NHTSA Press Release
Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
SAAB / 9-2X 2005-2006
SUBARU / FORESTER 2003-2008
SUBARU / IMPREZA 2002-2007

Manufacturer: SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC. Mfr's Report Date: SEP 06, 2011

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V464000 NHTSA Action Number: PE11011

Component: SUSPENSION:FRONT:CONTROL ARM:LOWER ARM

Potential Number of Units Affected: 295,123

Summary:
SUBARU IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2002-2007 IMPREZA, MODEL YEAR 2003-2008 FORESTER, AND MODEL YEAR 2005-2006 SAAB 9-2X VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM SEPTEMBER 5, 2000 THROUGH NOVEMBER 26, 2007 ORIGINALLY SOLD, OR CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN, MASSACHUSETTS, MARYLAND, MICHIGAN, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW YORK, PENNSYLVANIA, VERMONT, WISCONSIN, CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, IOWA, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, MAINE, MINNESOTA, MISSOURI, NEW JERSEY, OHIO, RHODE ISLAND, WEST VIRGINIA AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. THE FRONT LOWER CONTROL ARMS MAY BREAK AT THE HANGER BRACKETS DUE TO CORROSION IF THE HANGER BRACKET IS EXPOSED TO SALTY AND HUMID ENVIRONMENTS SUCH AS ROADS CONTAINING SNOW MELTING AGENT.

Consequence:
A BROKEN CONTROL ARM CAN RESULT IN THE LOSS OF CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:
SUBARU DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE DEGREE OF CORROSION OF THE FRONT LOWER CONTROL ARMS, AND WILL EITHER RUSTPROOF OR REPLACE THEM. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING NOVEMBER 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-782-2783.

Notes:
THIS IS SUBARU'S SAFETY RECALL NUMBER WVX-34. 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 09-12-2011, 11:40 PM   #2
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does this include 02-07 WRX models?
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Old 09-12-2011, 11:56 PM   #3
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I am thinking it's for the cars with steel lower control arms. I don't know which years have them and which don't. I vaguely remember reading on here about some cars years having AL arms and later years having steel.
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Old 09-13-2011, 11:02 AM   #4
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does this include 02-07 WRX models?
Impreza WRX hint ?
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Old 09-13-2011, 11:43 AM   #5
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NC DOT turns the roads white with salt around here every year.. but we don't get a mention.


My county put down 4000 tons of salt last winter and 38,000 gallons of brine.

Subarus fall apart like crazy in this crap. It's probably not being recognized because my local dealer is a useless prat.


(salt crystal formations on hood)
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Old 09-13-2011, 05:53 PM   #6
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I'm interested to find out if the WRX is part of the recall too...
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Old 09-13-2011, 05:56 PM   #7
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I called 3 dealerships in CT today and they had no idea what I was talking about. Not very reassuring.

I checked out the control arms on my 04 Impreza and Forester, they're both in bad shape.
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Old 09-13-2011, 05:58 PM   #8
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I'm interested to find out if the WRX is part of the recall too...

as stated earlier in this thread
your WRX is an impreza
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Old 09-13-2011, 07:40 PM   #9
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NC DOT turns the roads white with salt around here every year.. but we don't get a mention.


My county put down 4000 tons of salt last winter and 38,000 gallons of brine.

Subarus fall apart like crazy in this crap. It's probably not being recognized because my local dealer is a useless prat.


(salt crystal formations on hood)
That is not a 2002 - 2007...........


Oh well, time to confuse a PNW dealership (my OBS is a MI car)
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Old 09-13-2011, 07:49 PM   #10
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Just look at the VIN listed in Subaru's letter to the NHTSA at

http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/do...1V464-9833.pdf


Letter with VIN and image of impacted areas
http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/do...1V464-9833.pdf

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Old 09-13-2011, 08:22 PM   #11
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Just look at the VIN listed in Subaru's letter to the NHTSA at

http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/do...1V464-9833.pdf

Letter with VIN and image of impacted areas
http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/do...1V464-9833.pdf

Links swiped from subaruforester.org
Cross-checked my 07 WRX against it, and the VIN is JF1GD7*** (pointing to 2.5L turbo) putting it outside the recall range. The JF1GD6*** apparently points to 2.2L and 2.5L N/A if Cars101 is to be believed, making my WRX out of the range.

However, how similar are the control arms on the WRX and standard Impreza? I wonder if a WRX recall is forthcoming...there can't be that much difference between the parts, can there? Unless there were specific batches of parts that were inadequate...

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Old 09-13-2011, 08:56 PM   #12
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Well looks like my WRX is on there. Mine are getting pretty rusty, figure I would just put some 04-06 STi Alu Arms on there. Then again it's hard to beat free, if they might just give me new ones
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Old 09-13-2011, 09:40 PM   #13
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I called 3 dealerships in CT today and they had no idea what I was talking about. Not very reassuring.
It says the recall will start in November, so they might not have been made aware, or the people you talked to haven't received the memo yet.

I'm just curious how it says to take my Saab to a Subaru dealer. Is that right? I don't mind, there's a Subaru dealer closer than the Saab dealer I bought my car from.
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Old 09-13-2011, 09:42 PM   #14
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Well looks like my WRX is on there. Mine are getting pretty rusty, figure I would just put some 04-06 STi Alu Arms on there. Then again it's hard to beat free, if they might just give me new ones
That's what I did. Doubt they'll comp me retroactively.
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Old 09-13-2011, 11:54 PM   #15
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Dammit! I just replacd mine last month.
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Old 09-14-2011, 08:24 AM   #16
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That is not a 2002 - 2007...........

Oh well, time to confuse a PNW dealership (my OBS is a MI car)
You're probably right... I'm sure the GDs avoid salty roads by design when in North Carolina.
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Old 09-14-2011, 10:25 AM   #17
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Recall starts in November, eh?

April through October: Two cars on the road, so dropping one off means I can still drive to work.
November: Not so much. Dammit!
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Old 09-14-2011, 12:05 PM   #18
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I'm on the list. Mine are rusty too.

I hope I get new ones. Rust proofing a part that is already rusty just sounds like a total fail for a remedy.
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Old 09-14-2011, 12:26 PM   #19
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I'm going to check mine as the VIN is in the range. Even though I'm in Florida, we get plenty of rain down here and the humidity is constant. If they are rusty, I'm going to write to SoA and the NHTSA
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Old 09-14-2011, 12:37 PM   #20
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Cross-checked my 07 WRX against it, and the VIN is JF1GD7*** (pointing to 2.5L turbo) putting it outside the recall range. The JF1GD6*** apparently points to 2.2L and 2.5L N/A if Cars101 is to be believed, making my WRX out of the range.

However, how similar are the control arms on the WRX and standard Impreza? I wonder if a WRX recall is forthcoming...there can't be that much difference between the parts, can there? Unless there were specific batches of parts that were inadequate...
I'm on the other end, JF1GD29602

Guess I will keep both hands on the wheel at all times from now on and hope I'm not next to a truck when it happens. Thanks Subaru!

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Old 09-14-2011, 01:09 PM   #21
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Sucks mine isn't on there and they definitely cover our roads in salt during the winter...I'm JF1GD6160 and it starts at Jf1GD6164
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Old 09-14-2011, 03:15 PM   #22
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I got something in the mail from Nissan that looks exactly like this for my wife's Pathfinder. The VIN on the inside was correct, however the truck is registered in Utah, but Utah isn't listed as one of the states. Regardless, I'll be taking it in to the Nissan dealership soon to find out if it's legit.
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Old 09-14-2011, 08:57 PM   #23
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hmmm looks like my car is part of the recall. Free control arms?? why not!! I hope the dealerships are getting enough of those! lol
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It looks like several of the number ranges in the above recall letters have reversed the "From" and "To" numbers. At first I thought my car was out of range, but that just didn't make sense.

Then I noticed the "To" number was smaller than the "From" number for the 02 Impreza wagon... so I am guessing my car is probably in the recall...
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The WRX's affected by the recall are 02-05, 06+ WRX got aluminum control arms
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