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Old 09-17-2018, 09:28 AM   #1
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Default Takata Airbag Inflator Recall Repair

I posted this on iwsti.com last week and I thought I'd spread the word here.

I finally took my í06 STI to the dealership the other day to have the Takata passenger-side airbag inflator replaced, due to the current recall. My service advisor said thereís a bunch of us WRX/STI owners out there who still havenít come in for this repair.

I was totally late, so I thought Iíd help spread the word, especially since it could have done some serious damage to someone riding with me if I got in an accident.

Iím pretty sure this only affects 2004-2013 WRX/STIs, but I know other Subarus need the repair too. And since it was a recall, the repair was free!

Also, I learned that you can check to see if your car is affected by this recall at:
http://www.subaru.com/vehicle-recalls/airbags.html

Hope this helps!
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Old 09-17-2018, 10:05 AM   #2
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Do be aware that because of the absolutely massive number of cars this affects, Takata has had major problems meeting supply demands due to the recall. Thus, call first to make sure they have takata airbags in stock to service your recall, and if not, find out when they will receive more and schedule your appointment then. Or, call around and find out who can service the recall and has the appropriate airbags in stock.
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Old 09-17-2018, 10:13 AM   #3
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Some owners don't know since they are second, third, etc. owner and SOA does not know current owner.

You can also go to NHTSA.gov, put in your VIN, check open recalls and applicable TSB numbers.
This goes for any USDM manufacturer.
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Old 09-17-2018, 10:32 AM   #4
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SOA knows if you own the car, so long as it's registered. Our 04 outback was done (about an hour) after making an appointment maybe a week in advance.

I currently have a Ford Fusion which is also awaiting parts. They come in tomorrow (about 6 days from going in) and Ford is renting me a car while waiting.
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Old 09-17-2018, 10:37 AM   #5
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Some owners don't know since they are second, third, etc. owner and SOA does not know current owner.

You can also go to NHTSA.gov, put in your VIN, check open recalls and applicable TSB numbers.
This goes for any USDM manufacturer.
Like Jack says, if it's registered then SOA knows about you owning it even if you're not the original owner.

But they may have sent the letter for your VIN out to a previous owner and they simply didn't have it serviced yet. But, if that's the case, then when buying the car, the carfax would have still showed the recall having been issued and still outstanding on the VIN.

When we bought our 2012 Outback, the carfax showed the Takata airbag recall TSB was issued for the car and that it was still outstanding on the vehicle.

So, when we took it in for the post-purchase inspection, they did the recall as part of it.
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Old 09-17-2018, 11:24 AM   #6
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SOA knows if you own the car, so long as it's registered. Our 04 outback was done (about an hour) after making an appointment maybe a week in advance.

I currently have a Ford Fusion which is also awaiting parts. They come in tomorrow (about 6 days from going in) and Ford is renting me a car while waiting.
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Like Jack says, if it's registered then SOA knows about you owning it even if you're not the original owner.

But they may have sent the letter for your VIN out to a previous owner and they simply didn't have it serviced yet. But, if that's the case, then when buying the car, the carfax would have still showed the recall having been issued and still outstanding on the VIN.

When we bought our 2012 Outback, the carfax showed the Takata airbag recall TSB was issued for the car and that it was still outstanding on the vehicle.

So, when we took it in for the post-purchase inspection, they did the recall as part of it.

The OEM "should know" when a vehicle changes hands. It may also take time til they do, then more time for the OEM to contact new owner.
I know since I know peeps at OEM's in "safety and emissions" that complain that states may take their time passing on info.

As an aside, if someone is "dealer adverse", I am not aware of anyway for an owner or shop to "check off" if a TSB or recall was done for NHTSA.gov or the OEM. An OEM dealer must do the work.
So, you can do it (for a price), but it still shows as open. I say this since I have a few peeps that hate local dealers and ask if I would do it. I "can", but I charge P&L and it still shows open.
Some dealer adverse is some dealers try to rope you in for other work so they make a bit more, not just the recall work.

Oh, and a TSB "may" be free, a recall "is" free. They are 2 different animals.
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Old 09-17-2018, 01:32 PM   #7
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The OEM "should know" when a vehicle changes hands. It may also take time til they do, then more time for the OEM to contact new owner.
I know since I know peeps at OEM's in "safety and emissions" that complain that states may take their time passing on info.

As an aside, if someone is "dealer adverse", I am not aware of anyway for an owner or shop to "check off" if a TSB or recall was done for NHTSA.gov or the OEM. An OEM dealer must do the work.
So, you can do it (for a price), but it still shows as open. I say this since I have a few peeps that hate local dealers and ask if I would do it. I "can", but I charge P&L and it still shows open.
Some dealer adverse is some dealers try to rope you in for other work so they make a bit more, not just the recall work.

Oh, and a TSB "may" be free, a recall "is" free. They are 2 different animals.
A recall is a kind of TSB, though.
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A recall is a kind of TSB, though.
Ehhhh.....sorta yes, a TSB is sorta a recall, but a TSB is NOT a recall.
A TSB "may" be covered under "goodwill", since it "may" become a recall. Thus it "may" be free, depends on the dealer and direction from the OEM and how often it comes up.
In general, recalls are......
Emissions related
Safety related
AFAIK, ALL RECALLS FROM THE OEM ARE FREE, thus no charge and rarely no time/miles limit.

Failing ToB's may fall under a TSB, but enough bad ones may waver between recall vs. TSB. Thus, a dealer "may" replace for free under a TSB as goodwill.

Again, I know peeps in the OEM side, I know the corporate side on some of this.
No, none I really know are from SOA, so don't ask.

TSB......technical service bulliten, info for dealer guys on what to look for and possible solutions (sorta like,asking on an auto forum).

Recall......"crap done hit the fan, maybe bad design, application, bad batch of parts", "thou shalt replace what is needed, P&L is covered by OEM", period.
It may be an OEM recall, may be government recall (safety or emissions related, government does not give a crap about a bad ToB.....).

Not picking on anyone, just stating what I understand.
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Old 09-17-2018, 03:07 PM   #9
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Fair enough. Avionics industry uses TSBs as well. Usually what it means is "If LRU comes in without this work done already, do it regardless of disposition of box." Though that's often customer dependent from what I understand. If the customer doesn't want all latest SBs or mods done, we don't do it for their boxes.

Then again, this is done between our company and the companies owning the aircraft, not between a service provider company and an individual owner.
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Old 09-18-2018, 03:51 PM   #10
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For instance, my 15 Forester XT just started acting weird and I took it in. The alternator ended up being the culprit. There was a TSB for it, however it was not designated as a "recall" item. So it's interesting to think that SOA issues a TSB presumably because they see a certain volume of these problems happening. And yet, it's not a recall because, again presumably, there's not enough instances to warrant bringing every car in.
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Old 09-24-2018, 08:10 PM   #11
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I bought my 07 STI limited used from a dealer and asked about the airbag recall, I was told it was replaced and then found out two months later that it hadn't been.
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I bought my 07 STI limited used from a dealer and asked about the airbag recall, I was told it was replaced and then found out two months later that it hadn't been.
lawsuit waiting to happen there someone needs to fire the guy you talked to
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