Film Residue Removal from Underside of Front Seat Cushion Covers – 2010 and Later Subaru Legacy & Outback

NUMBER: 12-164-14
DATE: 02/24/14


APPLICABILITY: 2010MY and later Legacy and Outback Models
SUBJECT: Film Residue Removal from Underside of Front Seat Cushion Covers



In the event you receive a customer concern of what may feel like bumps or foreign matter trapped under the seat cushion upholstery, a film applied to the underside of the fabric backing to help ease initial assembly (DOW Film) may be separating and starting to gather or “ball-up”.  This condition is caused by abrasion between the film and the seat cushion foam that occurs when getting in and out of the vehicle.  The film residue is easily removed and removal of it is not detrimental to the appearance or durability of the upholstery.  This information is applicable to both leather and cloth seat cover materials.


Premature Wear of Front Seat Fabric – 2012-0213 Subaru Impreza & XV Crosstrek

NUMBER: 12-165-14
DATE: 02/27/14

APPLICABILITY: 2012-13MY Impreza and XV Crosstrek Models
SUBJECT: Premature Wear of Front Seat Fabric



This bulletin announces the availability of revised front seat upholstery for both the seat cushion and backrest made with a revised fabric material which will provide increased durability and prevent pilling or fuzzing of the side bolster areas as shown in the example photo below.  These new materials have increased abrasion resistance along with a resin coating on the fabric’s backing to prevent thread pull-out.


Revised L/Front Dash Speaker Grille – 2010-2014 Subaru Legacy & Outback

NUMBER: 12-166-14
DATE: 03/03/14


APPLICABILITY: 2010-2014MY Legacy and Outback Models
SUBJECT: Revised L/Front Dash Speaker Grille



A design change has been made to the retaining hook and reinforcement rib portions of the left front dash speaker grille to increase retention and maintain proper fit to the dashboard trim.


2012 October TechTIPS Newsletter

2012 October TechTIPS Newsletter – TIPS1012

NHTSA H1010AJ000


What’s in this edition:

(00) New STIS Releases from 09/01/2012 to 09/30/2012
(03) Color Change To Manual Transmission Oil Level Dipstick
(05) Tribeca Spare Color Change
(07) EyeSight Camera Adjustment
(09) New Fuel With Up To 15% Ethanol
(09) 2012 Impreza 4-Door Muffler Appearance Change
(12) Removal of Protective (Plastic) Film On Side Sill Cover For 2013 BRZ
(15) Acessories and EyeSight
(15) 2013 Smart Engine Start


Door Latch / Actuator Freezing – 2013-2014 Subaru BRZ

NUMBER: 12-167-14
DATE: 04/29/14


SUBJECT: Door Latch / Actuator Freezing



This bulletin provides a repair procedure to prevent water from accumulating then freezing inside the door latch / actuator assembly in cold temperatures and binding the mechanism.  Application of a self-adhesive sealing tape to cover the water entry points will reduce the possibility of this condition occurring.