Recall Roundup: Subaru Recalls Legacy, Outback to Rectify Windshield Wiper Motor Issue

Recall Roundup: Subaru Recalls Legacy, Outback to Rectify Windshield Wiper Motor Issue

By Joseph Dobrian, October 04, 2016
  • 2013 Subaru Legacy photo

    During the past week, several automakers, including Audi, BMW, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Toyota, and Volvo, issued vehicle recalls. The largest of these comes from Subaru, affecting 592,647 vehicles. The other recalls affect 74,943 vehicles. Details for each safety recall are on the pages that follow, in alphabetical order by car brand.

  • 2017 Audi Q7 photo

    2017 Audi Q7

    • Number of vehicles affected: 19,205
    • Date of manufacture: August 30, 2015 through July 10, 2016
    • Issue: The third-row seat back may move forward under load, such as in a frontal collision. If the third-row seat does not remain in its adjusted position, there may be an increased risk of injury to an occupant in the event of a crash.
    • Remedy: Audi will notify owners, and dealers will install an additional support bracket to the seat free of charge.
    • Timing: The recall is expected to begin in October 2016. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834.
    • Manufacturer recall number: 72F8
    • NHTSA recall number: 16V641000
  • 2015 BMW X3 photo

    2015 BMW X3; 2015 BMW X4; 2014-2015 BMW X5

    • Number of vehicles affected: 3,606
    • Issue: BMW is recalling certain model-year 2015 BMW X3 sDrive28i, X3 xDrive28i, X3 xDrive35i, X3 xDrive28d, X4 xDrive28i, and X4 xDrive35i vehicles; and model-year 2014-2015 X5 xDrive35i, X5 sDrive35i, X5 xDrive50i, and 2014 X5 xDrive35d vehicles. The affected vehicles have a driver's frontal air bag inflator that may have been improperly welded. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator housing could separate from the base plate and result in metal striking the vehicle occupants.
    • Remedy: BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's front air bag free of charge.
    • Timing: The recall is expected to begin November 11, 2016. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
    • NHTSA recall number: 16V683000
  • 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage photo

    2017 Mitsubishi Mirage

    • Number of vehicles affected: 587
    • Date of manufacture: October 28, 2015 through August 4, 2016
    • Issue: The affected vehicles, manufactured and equipped with high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, may have been assembled without the headlight horizontal adjustment lockout clips properly secured. Without the horizontal adjustment locking clip being secured, the headlight could be adjusted to either reduce the driver's visibility or blind oncoming vehicles.
    • Remedy: Mitsubishi will notify owners, and dealers will secure the horizontal locking clips, as necessary, free of charge.
    • Timing: The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Mitsubishi customer service at 1-888-648-7820.
    • Manufacturer recall number: SR-16-008
    • NHTSA recall number: 16V675000
  • 2013 Subaru Legacy photo

    2010-2014 Subaru Legacy; 2010-2014 Subaru Outback

    • Number of vehicles affected: 592,647
    • Date of manufacture: November 26, 2008 through June 7, 2013
    • Issue: Due to contamination, components within the windshield wiper motor bottom cover may interfere with each other. If an obstruction, such as a buildup of snow or ice, prevents the wiper arms from being able to stop in the parked position, the wiper motor may overheat and the bottom cover may melt. Note: This recall supersedes recall 11V-469. All vehicles that were remedied under that campaign are affected by this campaign, and need to have their wiper motor bottom cover replaced again.
    • Remedy: Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the windshield wiper motor bottom cover assembly free of charge.
    • Timing: The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783.
    • Manufacturer recall number: WTK-71.
    • NHTSA recall number: 16V694000
  • 2016 Toyota Prius Four Touring photo

    2016 Toyota Prius

    • Number of vehicles affected: 7,589
    • Date of manufacture: November 30, 2015 through June 14, 2016
    • Issue: An air bag inflator manufacturing error may result in the inadvertent partial inflation of the front passenger air bag.
    • Remedy: Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger air bag assembly free of charge.
    • Timing: The recall is expected to begin November 13, 2016. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331.
    • Manufacturer recall number: G0W
    • NHTSA recall number: 16V672000
  • 2017 Volvo S90 photo

    2016-2017 Volvo S90; 2016-2017 Volvo XC90

    • Number of vehicles affected: 43,766
    • Date of manufacture: April 15, 2015 through September 19, 2016
    • Issue: The drain hose for the air conditioning may leak into the passenger compartment due to an installation error during manufacturing. Significant water drainage into the passenger compartment may adversely affect air bag deployment in the event of a crash.
    • Remedy: Volvo will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the air conditioning drain hose for proper installation, replacing the hose as necessary, free of charge.
    • Timing: The recall is expected to begin on November 14, 2016. Owners may contact Volvo customer service at 1-800-458-1552.
    • Manufacturer recall number: R89707
    • NHTSA recall number: 16V690000
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