WUL-97R – Brake Pedal Bracket Mounting Bolt Inspection – 2020 Subaru Legacy & Outback

September 18, 2019 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 19V664000

Loose or Missing Brake Pedal Mounting Bracket Bolt

A missing or loose bolt may cause the brake pedal mounting area to deform over time, which can reduce braking performance and increase the risk of a crash.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 19V664

Manufacturer Subaru of America, Inc.

Components SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC

Potential Number of Units Affected 3,467

 

Summary

Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2020 Outback and Legacy vehicles. The brake pedal mounting bracket may have a missing or insufficiently tightened bolt.

 

Remedy

Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the brake pedal mounting bracket hardware and replace the hardware or brake pedal assembly, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 1, 2019. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Subaru’s number for this recall is WUL-97.

 

Notes

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.

 

Check if your Subaru has a Recall


NUMBER: WUL-97R
DATE: 09/11/19
REVISED: 09/23/19
NHTSA ID: 19V664

 

Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2020 model year Legacy and Outback vehicles in which the brake pedal mounting bracket may have an insufficiently tightened or missing bolt. A total of 3,450 U.S. vehicles will be affected by this recall. The repair will involve an inspection of the suspect bolts in all potentially affected vehicles and replacement of the brake pedal assembly only if determined to be necessary.

 

AFFECTED VEHICLES:

Model Year Carline Production Date Range Affected VIN Range
2020 Legacy July 31, 2019 – August 26, 2019 L3002088 – L3002961
2020 Outback July 30, 2019 – August 29, 2019 L3100178 – L3107324

Not all vehicles in the production range listed above are affected by this recall. Coverage must be confirmed by using the Vehicle Coverage Inquiry function on subarunet.com prior to repair. This information is now available.

 

REASON FOR THIS RECALL:

The brake pedal mounting bracket hardware in potentially affected vehicles may have an insufficiently tightened or missing bolt. Over time, if this condition exists, the brake pedal mounting area may deform.  Deformation of the brake pedal mounting area could reduce braking performance, increasing the risk of a crash.

 

DESCRIPTION OF THE REMEDY:

Subaru will inspect the brake pedal mounting bracket hardware.  If it is determined that hardware was improperly installed, Subaru will replace the hardware or brake pedal assembly.

 

OWNER NOTIFICATION:

Subaru will notify all potentially affected vehicle owners by first class mail on or around October 1, 2019. Owners with a valid email address on file with Subaru will also be notified by email.

 

RETAILER RESPONSIBILITY:

Please be advised that it is a violation of Federal law for a dealer to deliver a new motor vehicle covered by a recall under a sale or lease until the defect is remedied. Therefore, any Authorized Subaru Retailer failing to perform the applicable service procedures to correct all affected vehicles in their inventory prior to the vehicle being placed in service may be subject to civil penalties of up to $21,000 per violation (i.e., for each vehicle), as provided in 49 CFR §578.6 and will also be in breach of the Subaru Dealer Agreement.

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.

 

INTRODUCTION:

This bulletin provides a procedure for inspection of two brake pedal assembly mounting bolts.  If inspection results dictate, replacement of the brake pedal assembly will be required. Based on a significant number of inspections conducted to date, the number of vehicles requiring brake pedal assembly is anticipated to be EXTREMELY small.

 

PART INFORMATION:

Order Only When Needed- Rare Case

Description Part Number
Pedal Assembly-Brake SIN 36012AN02A
Pedal Assembly-Brake SIS 36012AN03A
Additional Part Required for Repair
Duct Foot DSIA 72127AN00A

 

SERVICE PROCEDURE / INFORMATION:

Inspection Tool Requirements:

Additional Tools for Repair (when applicable):

REMINDER:  Customer satisfaction and retention starts with performing quality repairs.

Initial Hardware and Bolt Torque Inspection:

  • CAREFULLY disengage the 3 retaining clips by hand and remove the lower dash  under-cover.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  The picture (Figure A) below shows the mounting bolt area of the brake pedal assembly with the lower dash under-cover removed.  When performing this initial inspection, only the bottom cover shown above needs to be removed.

Inspection Procedure:

There are 2 bolts used to secure the front (closest to the driver) portion of the brake pedal assembly to the mounting bracket.  The T-40 Torx bolts are secured with a 12 mm flanged hex nut.

  • Assemble the torque wrench, necessary extension(s) and the T40 Torx bit. If the torque wrench is digital, Set it to 5 Nm (3.7 ft. lbs. or 44.3 inch-pounds).
  • Confirm both T40 Torx bolts are present as shown in Figure A
  • Check the bolt torque while paying close attention for any movement (using a clockwise/ tightening motion) of the bolt prior to the specified value being reached. NOTE: The plastic foot ventilation duct can be easily moved backward enough to gain sufficient access to check the bolt torque

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Use caution to not move the duct any more than necessary.  If it becomes loose, it must be replaced as it is a one-time use part.

Inspection / Test Results:

  • If BOTH bolts are present and hold the torque WITHOUT TURNING when checking, the vehicle is OK. Reinstall the lower dash under cover panel and proceed to the Claim Reimbursement and Entry Procedures section.
  • If EITHER of the bolts are missing OR turn AT ALL when checking the torque, this is a NG test result and will be EXTREMELY RARE. Proceed with replacing the brake pedal assembly following the procedure in the applicable Service Manual.

IMPORTANT:  The photos and helpful hints supplied below are to supplement the Service Manual procedures and help Technicians improve their efficiency when replacing the brake pedal assembly is required.  Again, this will be an EXTREMELY RARE occurrence.

  • After noting the customer’s audio system presets and favorites, disconnect the negative (-) ground cable from the battery sensor and wait at least 60 seconds before proceeding.
  • CAREFULLY remove the instrument panel (IP) end cover and upper trim using a plastic trim tool. Remove the two (2) Phillips screws securing the lower trim.
  • CAREFULLY unsnap the trim, disconnect the switch harness connectors and set the panel aside.
  • Remove the 2- 10mm hex nuts securing the knee airbag module and set it aside on end as shown. NOTE: There is no need to disconnect the airbag harness connector from the module.
  • IMPORTANT: When brake pedal assembly replacement is determined to be necessary, the plastic foot duct (p.n. 72127AN00A) must be removed for access and replaced as it is a  one-time use  Once removed, the duct’s retaining clips will lose some of their strength and not properly secure the duct if reinstalled.
  • Adjust the steering column tilt to a neutral position (between full high and full low) and fully extend the telescoping feature. Be sure to lock the tilt / telescope lever before proceeding.
  • Proceed with removing the steering column assembly to gain access to the brake pedal assembly mounting hardware. The brake pedal assembly is secured with 2- 12mm Hex (vertical) bolts holding it to the dash bar and 4- 12mm hex nuts surrounding where the master cylinder operating rod passes through the toe board.

HELPFUL TIPS:

  1. When CAREFULLY removing the upper and lower column trim covers, push the 2 blue retaining clips for the fabric trim out from inside the upper cover to release them instead of using a trim stick to pry them loose. Leave the trim attached to the combination meter.
  2. Before removing the top bolt from the universal joint shaft, use the seat belt to hold the steering wheel in position and keep it from turning.
  3. Put reference marks on both the column bracket and corresponding mounting surface as well as between the upper universal joint on the steering shaft and column shaft splines. When these marks align at reinstallation, the steering column shaft will be in the proper position and should also be fully seated back  into the steering shaft shaft universal joint.
  4. Use a piece of wide Painter’s Tape or equivalent (tape which will not leave any residue) to keep the steering wheel from turning (and the roll connector in proper position) while the column assembly is removed.
  5. When installing the new brake pedal assembly, there is a tab portion which must be “hooked” onto a body-colored bracket to help hold it in place during assembly. The photo sequence below shows the tab portion and OK and NG photos for comparison to help confirm proper installation.
  6. It is STRONGLY recommended to use a helper when reinstalling the steering column to assist with alignment of the column shaft splines into the upper universal joint of the steering shaft.

ADDITIONAL CAUTIONS / TIPS:

  • Torque for 12mm hex nuts and bolts for brake pedal assembly installation 18 Nm (13.3 ft. lbs.)
  • Torque for 10mm hex nuts for knee airbag 7.5 Nm (5.5 ft. lbs.)
  • Always align the protrusion (a) of the column shaft (c) with the corresponding cutout (a) of the universal joint spline. If another cutout (d) is used for alignment, the bolt of the universal joint assembly steering cannot be assembled.
  • Ensure there is a MINIMUM of 15 mm clearance between the universal joint and any surrounding pipes, hoses, harnesses or other potential points of contact.
  • When tightening the mounting bolt on the steering shaft upper universal joint, torque it to 24 Nm (17.7 ft. lbs.).
  • Always place the tilt lever in the lock position after adjusting the steering column.
  • When complete, reassemble the remainder of the under-dash components in reverse order of disassembly.
  • Reconnect the negative (-) battery cable and torque the retaining nut to 7.5 Nm (5.5 ft. lbs.).
  • Reset the customer’s audio system presets and favorites.
  • Proceed to the Claim Reimbursement and Entry Procedures section to complete the procedure.

 



2 Affected Products

Vehicles

MAKE MODEL YEAR
SUBARU LEGACY 2020
SUBARU OUTBACK 2020

6 Associated Documents

Remedy Instructions and TSB

RCRIT-19V664-9110.pdf 2884.216KB

Download (PDF, 2.75MB)


Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc) – NEW: IMMEDIATE STOP SALE/Safety Recall: WUL-97 2020 Legacy & Outback Brake Pedal Assembly

RCMN-19V664-6407.pdf 665.735KB

Download (PDF, 650KB)


Remedy Instructions and TSB

RCRIT-19V664-4266.pdf 2833.204KB

Download (PDF, 2.7MB)


Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-19V664-5852.pdf 244.777KB

Download (PDF, 239KB)


Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-19V664-6082.PDF 214.299KB

Download (PDF, 209KB)


Remedy Instructions and TSB

RCRIT-19V664-6500.pdf 2817.437KB

Download (PDF, 2.69MB)


Recalls Documents

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/documentList.xhtml?docId=19V664&docType=RCL




NHTSA ID Number: 10165518

Manufacturer Communication Number: RetailerAnnounce

Summary

Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2020 model year Legacy and Outback vehicles in which the brake pedal mounting bracket may have an insufficiently tightened or missing bolt. Over time, if this condition exists, the brake pedal mounting area may deform. Deformation of the brake pedal mounting area could reduce braking performance, increasing the risk of a crash.

A total of 3,450 U.S. vehicles will be affected by this recall. The repair will involve an inspection of the suspect bolts in all potentially affected vehicles and replacement of the brake pedal assembly only if determined to be necessary.

 

2 Affected Products 

Vehicles

MAKE MODEL YEAR
SUBARU LEGACY 2020
SUBARU OUTBACK 2020


STOP SALE/Safety Recall: WUL-97 2020 MY Legacy & Outback Brake Pedal Assembly

September 25, 2019

https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls?nhtsaId=10165518

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/tsbs/2019/MC-10165518-0001.pdf

Download (PDF, 194KB)


 

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