By Colleen Kave, J.D.
Inflators may explode due to propellant degradation, creating the risk of serious injury or death.
Subaru of America, Inc. has recalled approximately 498,000 2009-2013 Forester, 2003-2006 Baja, 2004-2011 Impreza, 2004-2014 WRX (STI included), 2003-2014 Legacy and Outback, and 2005-2006 Saab 9-2X vehicles that had their passenger frontal airbag inflators previously replaced under a prior recall using inflators of the same design. The inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, temperature, and temperature cycling. Included in the recall are 258,813 vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in "Zone A" (Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands); 127,547 vehicles in "Zone B" (Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia ); and 111,562 vehicles in "Zone C" (Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming ). The company warns that an inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants, causing serious injury or death (NHTSA Recall Notice, Nos. 20V001, 20V002, and 20V003, Report receipt date: January 2, 2020).
Remedy. Subaru will notify their owners. General Motors will notify Saab owners. Dealers will replace the passenger airbag inflators, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in January 2020.
Contact information. Subaru owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Saab owners may contact the Saab Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-955-9007. Subaru’s numbers for this recall are TKA-20 for vehicles in Zone A; TKB-20 for vehicles in Zone B; and TKC-20 for vehicles in Zone C. 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.
Companies: Subaru of America, Inc.
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