Over 57,000 Subaru cars recalled over potentially deadly fault

Almost 60,000 Subaru vehicles have been urgently recalled across the country over a fault in the ignition which could potentially be deadly.

The two cars at the centre of the recall are the Subaru Impreza (Model Years 2017-2019) and Subaru XV (Model Years 2018- 2019).

The vehicles have been available for sale between 30 November 2016 and 2 November 2020.


According to Product Safety Australia, the ignition coil may overheat creating a short circuit that may blow the ignition coil fuse due to improper Engine Control Module programming.

“If the ignition coil fuse blows, the engine may stop while driving and not restart,” the recall notice said.

“This can increase the risk of an accident, causing serious injury or death to vehicle occupants and other road users.”

Subaru is currently in the process of contacting owners of all affected vehicles, who will then be asked to arrange an appointment for inspection and repair, free of charge.

Meantime, a second recall also remains in place for thousands of Subaru Forester vehicles with the Model Year 2019.

According to the recall notice, the rear stabiliser bracket bolts may not have been sufficiently tightened during production.

“In this case, the bolts may become loose over time and/or fall out during normal vehicle usage,” Product Safety Australia said.

“A dislodged bolt or a loose stabiliser bracket may impact nearby components such as the drive shaft, sub-frame, or brake pipe, causing damage and/or a failure in those components.

“This may result in an accident, causing injury or death of vehicle occupants and/or other road users.”

Those vehicles have been available for sale nationwide between 21 April 2017 and 24 August 2020.