Over 500,000 Subaru cars will get a recall notice. What is the problem? The better question may be what is not the problem. A loose moon roof glass that could come off while the vehicle is in motion, windshield wiper motors that may catch fire, and corroded control arms that could cause drivers to lose control are some of the problems with these Subarus. Funny, do a search for Subaru recall on this post. You can’t find anything. Now, everything is falling in at once.
The bulk of this Subaru recall is for 300,000 2002-2007 Impreza, 2003-2008 Forester and 2005-2006 Saab 9-2X cars that were sold in cold states that use salt on the roads. (Ford had the same problem that also led to a recall.)
This recall impacts cars in the following states: 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.
Subaru is also recalling another nearly 200,000 vehicles – 2010-2011 Outback and Legacy vehicles – because they have components inside the wiper motor bottom cover that have a tendency to overheat. The overheated wiper motor bottom cover may melt and catch fire.
Finally, Subaru will recall other Outback and Legacy vehicles – some of which are subject to the wiper recall above – because of a problem with the adhesive to secure the glass on the moon roof. This is not a minor problem: the moon roof glass may detach causing the chaos you would expect if a moon roof falls off.
Hopefully, Subaru saved up all of its problems and we won’t be hearing from them on the recall front for a while.