Some Legacy, Outback and Impreza units will be serviced in the near future because a defective relay can increase the risk or even cause fires.
At least 100, 000 Subaru autos across four model ranges and spanning more than one model years will be heading back to the dealerships. Legacy, Outback, Impreza, and Forester vehicles will get a relay controlling a secondary air injection pump replaced because they increase the fire hazard. The air injection pump can run continuously and overheat, thus melting and in documented incidents it caused fires. According to government documents there were no injuries, with “check engine” lights warning the drivers of a potential issue beforehand. At least five other issues with the relay were also reported, but thankfully they did not cause a fire as well.
The October 11 recall affects models with a turbocharged engine, and includes the 2007-2009 model year Legacy and Outback, the 2008-2014 Impreza, and the 2009-2013 Forester. Exactly 100,127 vehicles are under the recall, with the safety camping not involving any model higher than the 2014 model year. Subaru owners will be notified if their vehicle is affected and dealers will replace for free the problematic relay.