November 10, 2022 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 22V838000
The seat belt assembly may not properly restrain an occupant during a crash, increasing the risk of injury.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 22V838
Manufacturer Subaru of America, Inc.
Components SEAT BELTS
Potential Number of Units Affected 16
Dealers will inspect and replace the seat belt assembly, if necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed December 9, 2022. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Subaru’s number for this recall is WRJ-22.
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.nhtsa.gov.
DATE: 11 /11 /22
NHTSA ID: TBA
|APPLICABILITY:||2009-2013 MY Forester|
|SUBJECT:||Defective Left Front Seat Belt installed as a replacement part|
Subaru of Amer ca, Inc. (Subaru) is initiating a new safety recall for certain 2009-2013 model year Forester vehicles, in which a defective left front seat belt may have been installed as a replacement part.
DESCRIPTION OF THE DEFECT AND SAFETY RISK
A left front seat belt assembly, installed in vehicles as a replacement part, may have been assembled with a force limiter torsion bar that was not manufactured to specification. In the event of a crash, the seat belt assembly may not function as intended, increasing the risk of injury.
A total of 16 U.S. Forester vehicles will be included in this recall, as listed below:
|Model Year||Carline||Production Date Range|
|2009-2013||Forester||January 10, 2008 – November 14, 2012|
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.
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 $22,423 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 perform the applicable service procedures to correct all affected vehicles in their inventory (used, demo & SSLP). 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.
Subaru is in the process of obtaining current vehicle registration data and will notify affected vehicle owners by first class mail within 60 days. Retailers will be advised when the notification is scheduled.
The torsion bar portion of the force limiter mechanism may have a distorted shape due to foreign matter inside the metal mold during production. The production equipment and inspection process has been redelvolped to rectify the seat belt production.
REMINDER: Always order the most up-to-date replacement parts based on the specific VIN being repaired.
|Part Description||Part Number|
|BELT ASSY F OUT ULH (LEFTI||64621SC010AP|
SERVICE PROCEDURE OVERVIEW FLOWCHART:
SERVICE PROCEDURE/ INFORMATION:
REMINDER: Customer satisfaction and retention starts with performing quality repairs.
STEP 1: Locate the large tag located on the left front seat belt. Read the 6-digit identification number labeled “ID.NO.” If the number found is 373736, the seat belt MUST be replaced. A non-affected identification number (001994) is shown in the example image below.
Is identification number 373736 found printed on the tag?
YES – Proceed to STEP 2.
NO – The seatbelt is not affected. The procedure is finished.
The Service Manual procedures contain information critical to perfonning an effective repair the first time, every time. This includes but is not limited to important SAFETY precautions, proper inspection criteria, necessary special tools, required processes and related one-time-use parts needed for a complete and lasting repair.
IMPORTANT: ALL affected seat belts must be returned to the Parts Collection Center (PCC). Please collect and Hazmat ship with tracking to:
Parts Collection Center
3701 David Howarth Dr
Lafayette, IN 47909
September – October, 2022 – Subaru worked with the part supplier to trace the affected parts based on the lot number information. Subaru identified specific shipments of potentially affected parts that had been shipped to the U.S. market. 11 potentially affected parts were identified as having been shipped to Subaru dealers.
Subaru further traced these potentially affected parts to 16 possible VINs.
November 3, 2022 – Subaru decided to conduct a voluntary safety recall.
Subaru is not aware of any complaints or injuries resulting from this condition.
5 Affected Products
5 Associated Documents
Defect Notice 573 ReportRCLRPT-22V838-5648
Remedy Instructions and TSB
Subaru – WRJ22 Subarunet Announcement – November 2022RCMN-22V838-6001
Subaru – Subarunet Announcement – November 2022RCMN-22V838-3208
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