It’s not every day that an auto defect results in a brand-new car, but that could be the case for people who bought 2019 Subaru Outbacks and Legacies. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Subaru has recalled 2,107 Legacy sedans and Outback wagons because they may not hold up in a crash.
The issue is that the weld in a key body component is faulty, which means the overall structural integrity of the vehicles is compromised. Therefore, they may not perform in crashes as they were designed to. Subaru explains that the bad welds were caused by a failure to properly clean a robotic welder.
In an ordinary recall, the dealership is generally able to make the necessary repairs. In this case, the two models need to be sent back to the factory.
Most of the affected vehicles were never sold
A Subaru spokesperson told Consumer Reports that 2,107 vehicles have the faulty weld, but fewer than 20 should be in the hands of consumers. The company discovered the problem before the majority of the defective vehicles were delivered to dealerships.
This recall corresponds to NHTSA campaign number 19V493 and begins on July 26. Subaru refers to this recall as WUH-93.
The vehicles affected are 2019 Subaru Legacy sedans and 2019 Subaru Outback wagons. To determine whether your specific vehicle is included in the recall, get the vehicle’s 17-digit VIN and enter it into the search field on NHTSA’s vehicle recalls website.
Owners of these vehicles have three options. After bringing their vehicles back to Subaru, they can:
- Get a new, replacement vehicle
- Have Subaru buy the vehicle back
- Wait for the vehicle to be fixed and then take it back
On July 26 or later, you can simply take your vehicle back to a Subaru dealer. You can also contact Subaru customer service at 844-373-6614.
It seems that this recall was initiated before any injuries were reported. However, if you have been injured in a car accident while driving or riding in one of the recalled vehicles, you should contact an experienced product liability lawyer right away.