WUH-93 – Front Duct Panel Spot Weld – 2019 Subaru Legacy & Outback

June 26, 2019 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 19V493000

Improperly Applied Spot Welds

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.

Components STRUCTURE

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 is expected to begin 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.


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DATE: 06/26/19

APPLICABILITY: 2019MY Legacy and Outback
SUBJECT: Front Duct Panel Spot Weld



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

  1. Open Driver’s door.
  2. Release the hood and close the driver’s door.
  3. Open the hood and prop it open securely.
  4. Remove both front wiper arms.


Wiper Arm Removal

1) Remove the cover ‐ windshield wiper arm.

2) 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.

windshield wiper

  1. CAREFULLY remove the plastic cowl trim panels.

Cowl Trim Panel Removal

1) Remove the arm assembly ‐ windshield wiper. to WIPER AND WASHER SYSTEMS>Front Wiper Arm>REMOVAL.

2) 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.


3) Remove the cowl panel ‐ side.

(1) Remove the clips.

(2) 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.

cowl panel ‐ side

4) Remove the cowl panel assembly.


  • 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.

(1) Be careful not to apply excessive force when pulling the clip (b), as the clip may become damaged.

(2) Remove the clips (a).

(3) Check the direction of the clip (b), and push the claws from both sides to remove it.

(4) Remove the cowl panel assembly by pulling it out towards the front of the vehicle.

(5) Disconnect the washer hose.

  • Models without EyeSight

Models without EyeSight


  • Models with EyeSight

Models with EyeSight

  1. With the cowl trim panel removed, use the photos below to determine if the vehicle is equipped with an A Jig or B Jig part. The B Jig part has an identification weld to distinguish it from the A Jig part.

determine if the vehicle is equipped with an A Jig or B Jig part



  1. 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.

VIN plate

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.


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.


  • 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.



REMINDER: A completed QMR must be received and reviewed by the SOA Claims Team

BEFORE a claim can be submitted for this inspection.  This bulletin will be revised with additional details as they become available.


  • 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.

2 Affected Products



3 Associated Documents

Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-19V493-2752.pdf 244.73KB

Download (PDF, 239KB)

Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-19V493-9653.PDF 214.571KB

Download (PDF, 210KB)

Remedy Instructions and TSB

RCRIT-19V493-0636.pdf 798.762KB

Download (PDF, 780KB)

Recalls Documents


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.

Subarunet Announcement

Date: June 24, 2019



Download (PDF, 180KB)

NHTSA ID Number: 10163015

Manufacturer Communication Number: WUH-93R


The purpose of this bulletin is to provide a cowl duct component inspection procedure.

DATE: 06/26/19
REVISED: 06/27/19



Download (PDF, 1.42MB)


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