June 26, 2019 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 19V493000
In the event of a crash, the reduced strength of the vehicle body may increase the risk of injury.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 19V493
Manufacturer Subaru of America, Inc.
Potential Number of Units Affected 2,107
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2019 Legacy and Outback vehicles. Spot welds located on the duct below the cowl panel may have been improperly applied, impacting the vehicle’s body strength.
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles and repair or repurchase the vehicle, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began July 26, 2019. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Subaru’s number for this recall is WUH-93.
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.
|APPLICABILITY:||2019MY Legacy and Outback|
|SUBJECT:||Front Duct Panel Spot Weld|
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2019 model year Legacy and Outback vehicles, due to a potential spot weld issue on the duct located below the cowl panel. A total of 2,107 U.S. vehicles will be affected by this recall, 81 of which are retailed units.
|Model Year||Carline||Production Date Range||Vehicle count|
|2019||Legacy||May 31, 2019 – June 5, 2019||142|
|2019||Outback||May 31, 2019 – June 6, 2019||1,965|
Not all vehicles in the production ranges listed above are affected by this recall. Coverage must be confirmed by using the Vehicle Coverage Inquiry function on subarunet.com. This information is now available.
REASON FOR THIS RECALL
Potentially affected vehicles may have a long-term reduction in body strength. In the event of a crash, vehicle structure may not perform as designed, increasing the risk of injury.
DESCRIPTION OF THE REMEDY
All potentially affected vehicles will be inspected to determine if this condition exists. If the condition exists, Subaru will replace that vehicle with a comparable new one.
VEHICLE INSPECTION – IN-STOCK VEHICLES
Retailers will perform a preliminary inspection, as described in the “Part A” inspection procedure listed in this bulletin. Vehicles which fail the “Part A” inspection will require further inspection by a Subaru Field Service Engineer (FSE). If the FSE determines that the spot welds were not properly applied during production, Subaru will arrange shipment of that vehicle back to Subaru’s manufacturing facility. Subaru will then arrange to have any such vehicle replaced with a new comparable one.
VEHICLE INSPECTION – RETAILED VEHICLES
Owners will be advised to contact an authorized Subaru retailer of their choice to schedule an appointment to have their vehicle inspected by a Subaru manufacturer’s representative (FSE). Owners will also be advised that the retailer will provide a free loaner vehicle until that inspection is performed.
If the FSE determines that the spot welds were not properly applied during production, Subaru will replace the owner’s vehicle with a comparable new one at no cost to the owner. The FSE will contact a CRS Senior Representative to handle this as a repurchase transaction. Subaru will also be responsible for paying any taxes, registration, or any other fees that may result from this vehicle exchange.
Subaru will notify affected vehicle owners by first class mail later this month. Owners with a valid email address on file with Subaru will also be notified by email. Retailers will be advised when that notification begins.
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 follow 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.
Retailers are to provide the owner with a free loaner or rental vehicle until that inspection can be performed.
This cowl duct component inspection procedure consists of two parts, Part A and Part B.
- Review this procedure thoroughly before proceeding.
- Retailers are to perform ONLY the Part A inspection procedure outlined below on all affected vehicles. The purpose of the Part A inspection is to identify those vehicles needing the Part B inspection and possible further repair action. The Part B inspection is NOT the Retailer’s responsibility.
- A completed QMR must be submitted IMMEDIATELY after completing the Part A inspection procedure for EVERY affected vehicle (pass or fail) with the required photos attached.
NOTE: The Part B inspection is not necessary on vehicles that pass the Part A inspection procedure.
PART A: Cowl Duct Part Type Determination
- Open Driver’s door.
- Release the hood and close the driver’s door.
- Open the hood and prop it open securely.
- Remove both front wiper arms.
Wiper Arm Removal
- Remove the cover ‐ windshield wiper arm.
- Remove the nuts, and remove the arm assembly ‐ windshield wiper.
Since the arm assembly ‐ windshield wiper LH and RH can interfere with each other, remove the driver’s side first.
- CAREFULLY remove the plastic cowl trim panels.
Cowl Trim Panel Removal
- Remove the arm assembly ‐ windshield wiper. to WIPER AND WASHER SYSTEMS>Front Wiper Arm>REMOVAL.
- Remove the cover ‐ front fender UPR.
- Remove the clip.
- Release the claws by pulling them forward, and remove the cover ‐ front fender UPR.
Forcibly removing the part may cause creases.
- Remove the cowl panel ‐ side.
- Remove the clips.
- Release the claws, and then remove the cowl panel ‐ side.
Pulling with excessive force may damage the cowl panel ‐ side. If it is difficult to remove, use a plastic remover or equivalent tool.
- Remove the cowl panel assembly. CAUTION:
- Before removing the cowl panel, use an air blower and nylon brush to sweep gravel from the lower area of the front side of the glass.
- When removing the clip (b), push the claws of the clip first.
- Be careful not to apply excessive force when pulling the clip (b), as the clip may become damaged.
- Remove the clips (a).
- Check the direction of the clip (b), and push the claws from both sides to remove it.
- Remove the cowl panel assembly by pulling it out towards the front of the vehicle.
- Disconnect the washer hose.
- Models without EyeSight
- Models with EyeSight
- With the cowl trim panel removed, use the photos below to determine if the vehicle is equipped with an A Jig or B Jig The B Jig part has an identification weld to distinguish it from the A Jig part.
This is the area to inspect closely for the identification weld.
No weld = A JIG Weld Present = B Jig
NOTE: This view is looking down into the cowl area
through the gap behind the opened hood.
HOW TO DETERMINE IF THE INSTALLED PART IS “A JIG” OR “B JIG”
IMPORTANT NOTE: See APPENDIX A starting on pg. 7 for additional reference photos to use when making the OK / NG (pass/fail) determination for Part A inspections.
- If the cowl area inspection reveals an A JIG part, the vehicle is OK. STOP, take a clear photo of this area and the VIN plate at the base of the “B” pillar. Reinstall all the removed parts in reverse order to prepare the vehicle for sale. Proceed to Step 8.
CRITICAL: If the cowl area inspection reveals a B JIG part, THE VEHICLE IS NG AND MUST BE HELD WHILE DETERMINING THE NEXT COURSE OF ACTION. Do not reassemble the vehicle. Proceed to 8. below.
- SPECIAL PART A INSPECTION RESULT PROCESSING INSTRUCTIONS:
A completed QMR MUST be submitted immediately with one photo clearly showing the Part A, Jig A/B inspection point AND a photo of the VIN plate located at the bottom of the “B” pillar for ALL affected vehicles (pass or fail). Use the photos above as examples for the inspection point photos.
IMPORTANT: A COMPLETED QMR MUST BE SUBMITTED IMMEDIATELY WITH THE TWO (2) PHOTOS ATTACHED AND REVIEWED BY THE SOA CLAIMS TEAM BEFORE ANY VEHICLE CAN BE RELEASED FOR SALE.
- If an A Jig part is identified, the vehicle is OK. Enter a completed QMR immediately using fail code IZB85 and attach the corresponding photos of the part and VIN plate. IMPORTANT: Include information in the QMR for the point of contact person a SOA Claims Team member should speak with to review further instructions.
- If a B Jig, part is identified, the vehicle is NG and cannot be released for sale. Submit a completed QMR immediately using Fail Code IYB00 and attach the corresponding photos clearly showing the part and the VIN plate. CONTACT YOUR SOA FIELD SERVICE ENGINEER (FSE) TO ARRANGE THE REQUIRED PART B Tag and
HOLD the vehicle. IMPORTANT: Include information in the QMR for the point of contact person a SOA representative should speak with to coordinate the inspection.
CLAIM REIMBURSEMENT AND ENTRY PROCEDURES:
REMINDER: A completed QMR must be received and reviewed by the SOA Claims Team
BEFORE a claim can be submitted for this inspection. Credit to perform this recall will be based on properly completed repair order information. Retailers may submit claims through Subarunet.com.
|Part A Inspection- PASS, Submit QMR||A198-443||0.6||WUH-93|
- SOA strongly discourages the printing and/or local storage of service information as previously released information and electronic publications may be updated at any time.
- Always check for any open recalls or campaigns anytime a vehicle is in for servicing.
- Always refer to STIS for the latest service information before performing any repairs.
APPENDIX A: Examples of NG (“B” Jig) and OK (“A” Jig) Duct Panel Weld Inspections
difficult to identify and photograph for
making the OK / NG determination.
OWNER NOTIFICATION LETTER
IMPORTANT SAFETY RECALL
This notice applies to the VIN below
Dear Subaru Owner:
This notice is sent to you in accordance with the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act.
You received this notice because our records indicate that you currently own one of these vehicles.
REASON FOR THIS SAFETY RECALL
Certain spot welds, located on the duct below the cowl panel, may not have been properly applied during production. If the spot welds were improperly applied, the strength of the vehicle’s body may be reduced, potentially increasing the risk of injury in the event of a crash.
WHAT SUBARU WILL DO
An authorized Subaru retailer (dealer) of your choice will arrange to have your vehicle inspected by a Subaru manufacturer’s representative. If the Subaru manufacturer’s representative determines that the spot welds were not properly applied during production, Subaru will replace your vehicle with a comparable new one at no cost to you. Subaru will also be responsible for paying any taxes, registration, or any other fees that may result from this vehicle exchange.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO
HOW LONG WILL THE INSPECTION TAKE?
The time required for this inspection is less than one hour. To minimize your inconvenience, your retailer will provide you a loaner or rental vehicle at no cost to you until that inspection can be performed. If it is determined that this defective condition exists in your vehicle, you will be provided with a free loaner or rental vehicle until the vehicle exchange transaction is complete.
Government regulations require that recall notifications be sent to the last known owner of record. That information is based primarily on state registration and title data. If you are a lessor of this vehicle, federal regulations require you to forward this notice to your lessee within ten days.
If you have moved or sold your vehicle, please update this information online at www.subaru.com, select ‘Customer Support,’ then select ‘Address Update’ or ‘Ownership Update’ from the “Quick Links” menu.
IF YOU NEED FURTHER ASSISTANCE:
If you need additional assistance, please contact us directly:
- By e-mail: Go to www.subaru.com and select “Customer Support”
- By telephone: 1-800-782-2783
Monday through Thursday between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. ET
Friday between 10:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET
Saturday between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. ET
- By U.S. Postal mail: Write us at Subaru of America, Inc.
Attn: Customer-Retailer Services Department
P.O. Box 9103, Camden, NJ 08101-9877
Please contact us immediately if the Subaru retailer fails or is unable to make the necessary repairs free of charge.
You may also contact the Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 1200 New Jersey
Ave., SE, Washington, DC 20590 or call the toll-free Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-4249153) or go to http://www.safercar.gov if you believe the Subaru retailer has failed or is unable to remedy your vehicle without charge within a reasonable amount of time.
Your continued satisfaction with your Subaru is important to us. Please understand that we have taken this action in the interest of your safety and your vehicle’s proper operation. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this matter may cause and urge you to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
Subaru of America, Inc.
Notice to Lessors: Under Federal law the lessor of a vehicle who receives this letter must provide a copy of it to the vehicle lessee(s) within 10 business days from receipt. The lessor must also keep a record of the lessee(s) to whom this letter is sent, the date sent, and the applicable vehicle identification number (VIN). (For the purposes of this section, a lessor means a person or entity that in the last twelve months prior to the date of this notification has been the owner, as referenced on the vehicle’s title, of any five or more leased vehicles. A leased vehicle is a vehicle leased to another person for a term of at least four months.)
A subsidiary of SUBARU CORPORATION
2 Affected Products
13 Associated Documents
Recall Quarterly Report #3, 2020-1
Remedy Instructions and TSB
ISSUED Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)
Recall Quarterly Report #2, 2019-4
Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers, etc.)- UPDATE Subaru Safety Recall/STOP SALE: WUH-93 Front Duct Panel Spot Weld.
Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers, etc.) New Subaru Safety Recall/STOP SALE: WUH-93 Front Duct Panel Spot Weld.
Remedy Instructions and TSB
Miscellaneous Document – Owner Letter Email
Defect Notice 573 Report
Remedy Instructions and TSB
Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers, etc.) – UPDATE: Subaru Safety Recall/STOP SALE: WUH-93 Front Duct Panel Spot Weld.
Recall Quarterly Report #1, 2019-3
NHTSA ID Number: 10163012
Manufacturer Communication Number: WUH-93
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2019 model year Legacy and Outback vehicles, due to a potential spot weld issue on the duct located below the cowl panel. As a result, these vehicles may fail to conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. A total of 2,107 U.S. vehicles will be affected by this recall.
Date: June 24, 2019
NHTSA ID Number: 10163015
Manufacturer Communication Number: WUH-93R
The purpose of this bulletin is to provide a cowl duct component inspection procedure.
NHTSA ID Number: 10162884
Manufacturer Communication Number: WUH-93R
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2019 model Legacy and Outback vehicles, due to a potential spot weld issue on the duct located below the cowl panel. A total of 2,107 U.S. vehicles will be affected by this recall, 81 of which are retailed units.
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