VEHICLE RECALL: More than 9000 Subaru’s recalled

Subaru owners are being warned of a major recall affecting more than 9,000 vehicles around the country.

The recall, posted by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on Thursday, involves MY18 Liberty and Outback vehicles manufactured from the start of production until 1 August 2018.

According to the recall notice, the driving range indicator on the vehicle may “provide inaccurate information about the distance that may be driven before refuelling, due to a programming error in the Combination Meter Display (CMD) unit.”


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“The low fuel warning light will still illuminate when the fuel level is critically low,” the recall notice says.

“Drivers who rely solely on the indicated driving range may inadvertently run out of fuel. If a vehicle runs out of fuel, the engine will stall and may not be able to be restarted. Inability to restart a stalled engine could cause a safety risk to the vehicle occupants and/or other road users.”

The consumer watchdog says known owners of affected vehicles will be contacted by mail and told to not rely solely on the CMD driving range indicator until the unit has been reprogrammed.

Once reprogramming equipment is available for the repair (expected February 2019), Subaru will contact owners again requesting them to present their vehicle to their preferred Subaru dealer for the rectification work to be carried out free of charge.

Drivers are being urged to refuel when the low fuel warning light illuminates or when the gauge reaches the quarter full mark.

You can check if your vehicle is on the list here.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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