WTY-84 Valve Spring Fracturing – 2012-2014 Subaru

NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V772
Manufacturer Subaru of America, Inc.
Potential Number of Units Affected 165,534


Engine Valve Spring Failure may cause Engine Stall

An engine stall can increase the risk of a crash.



Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2012-2014 Subaru Impreza, 2012-2013 Impreza Stationwagon, 2013 Subaru BRZ, XV Crosstrek and Toyota Scion FR-S vehicles. The engine valve springs in these vehicles may fracture causing an engine malfunction or a possible engine stall.



Subaru will notify their owners. Toyota will notify the FR-S owners. Dealers will replace the valve springs, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Subaru owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614, Toyota owners may contact the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-888-270-9371. Subaru’s number for this recall is WTY-84.



Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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Subarunet Announcement


To:  All Subaru Retailers
From: Subaru of America, Inc.
Date: November 1, 2018


New Subaru Safety Recall: WTY-84 Valve Spring Fracturing


Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2012-2014 model year Impreza, 2013 model year XV Crosstrek and 2013 model year BRZ vehicles, to replace 2.0L engine valve springs. A total of 140,249 U.S. vehicles will be affected by this recall.


Affected Vehicles

Model Year Carline Production Date Range
2012-2014 Impreza 4D January 17, 2012 – October 3, 2013
2012-2013 Impreza 5D January 17, 2012 – June 13, 2013
2013 XV Crosstrek May 17, 2012 – July 2, 2013
2013 BRZ December 9, 2011 – July 2, 2013


Coverage for all affected vehicles must be confirmed by using the Vehicle Coverage Inquiry function on subarunet.com.  This information will be available tomorrow.


Please be advised that the status of this recall will display as “Open – Remedy Not Yet Available” until the remedy parts become available.


Description of the Issue and Safety Risk

The valve springs in the engines of the affected vehicles may fracture, which may cause an abnormal noise or the engine to malfunction.  If a valve spring fractures, it may result in the engine stalling during driving and the inability to restart the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.


Description of the Remedy

The engine valve springs will be replaced on all affected vehicles listed above.


Retailer Responsibility

Any vehicles listed in any recall/campaign that are in retailer stock must be:

  • Immediately identified.
  • Tagged or otherwise marked to prevent their delivery or use prior to repair.
  • Repaired in accordance with the repair procedures outlined in the Product Campaign Bulletin.

Retailers are to promptly perform the applicable service procedures to correct all affected vehicles in their inventory (used, demo & SSLP). Additionally, whenever a vehicle subject to this recall is taken into retailer inventory necessary steps should be taken to ensure the recall correction has been made before selling or releasing the vehicle.


Owner Notification

Subaru will notify affected vehicle owners by first class mail within 60 days. Owners with a valid email address on file with MySubaru.com will also be notified by email. If parts are not available by that time, owners will be notified that parts are not available yet and they will be re-notified once parts are available. Retailers will be advised when the notification is scheduled.


Service, Parts, and Claim Instructions

Remedy parts are not yet available. Detailed service, parts, and claim information will be forthcoming and will be made available in the WTY-84 Product Campaign Bulletin on STIS.  Retailers will be notified once the bulletin is available.

New Subaru Safety Recall: WTY-84 Valve Spring Fracturing

November 1, 2018


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Chronology of Defect / Noncompliance Determination


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Recall Acknowledgement

November 7, 2018


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Recalls Documents



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