If you are reading a new Subaru XV review, you may be concerned about the recent recall issued by Subaru for the XV, Forester and Impreza. The recall is related to an electrical fault, and there is a potential for a malfunction in the wiring harness. Fortunately, not all Subaru vehicles are affected, and Subaru are resolved to fix the issue as quickly as possible.
The Subaru recall, you may have seen in the media or in a new Subaru XV review is part of a global campaign affecting 236,000 vehicles. The recall is based on a fault that may occur in the steering column. There is a potential for friction to occur between a metal plate and the wire harness, which could trigger a short circuit. According to the recall notice, the metal plate may create “excessive wear” on the coating on the harness. This friction is due to vibration that could trigger a short circuit should the metal wire become exposed. Subaru has stated that the recall affects 54,572 Australian vehicles, but the anticipated failure rate is less than 0.007 percent. Should a short circuit occur, it is possible that the airbag may be deactivated or malfunction. Additionally it could trigger a fuse blowout that has the potential to disrupt the power supply of the Engine Control Unit and cause the engine to stall. Other potential effects include the steering mounted controls including the headlights, wipers, horn and cruise control malfunctioning.
Correcting the Fault:
Subaru has stated that if the coating on the harness has become damaged, but the metal wiring is intact, insulation tape and urethane foam could be applied to the harness and the edge of the metal plate. This process would take approximately half an hour. Unfortunately, if the metal wiring has become damaged, the process will take longer as the technicians would need to repair the damaged wire and then attach the urethane foam to the plate. If you are worried about the cost of this correction for your Subaru XV price is not an issue as the repair will be completed by your local Subaru service centre free of charge.
Which Vehicles Are Affected?
The recall has been issued for the Subaru XV, Impreza and Forester. 16,263 XV and Impreza models from the 2012 model year are affected, with 13,648 vehicles from the 2013 model year and 5182 from the 2014 model year. There are also 14,794 Foresters affected from the 2013 year and 4865 from the 2014 model year. Subaru has stated that the WRX and WRX Sti vehicles are unaffected. Owners of affected vehicles will be contacted by Subaru directly by mail to arrange an appointment for the vehicle to be inspected. If you are concerned, you can also contact the Customer Service department at Subaru.
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