Subaru is recalling more than 2,000 vehicles due to a faulty weld that may not hold in a crash, according to a notice posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The issue involves 2019 Legacy sedans and Outback wagons with poor welds on a key body component that leave the overall body structures weakened.
About The Recall
According to the automaker, the welds were made by a robotic welder that wasn’t properly cleaned. A total of 2,107 cars are involved in the recall, but a majority had not been delivered to dealerships and only about 20 are on the road.
Affected owners will have one of three choices: 1.) exchanging their vehicle for a new one; 2.) having Subaru buy it back; or 3.) taking back their vehicle after it has been repaired at the factory.
Replacing a vehicle rather than just repairing it is rare, but the same happened last year when nine Subaru Ascent vehicles were also recalled for improper welds.
Owners should contact Subaru customer service with questions on this recall at 844-373-6614. Subaru’s number for this recall is WUH-93.
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