Consumer Reports: Subaru Recalls 165,000 Cars Over Stalling Engines

by Gabrielle DeSantis

In an unusual turn of events, Consumer Reports is reporting that a new Subaru recall impacts 165,000 cars over a faulty fuel pump. Recalls are an essential part of keeping drivers safe on the road. However, the fact that the recall spans seven vehicles is unusual. The information below is from the official Subaru recall and offers solutions to get impacted cars fixed.

What models are part of the Subaru recall?

Consumer Reports: Subaru Recalling 165,000 Cars Over Stalling Engines | Subaru

Consumer Reports noted that the Subaru recall is mostly vehicles from the 2018 to 2020 years. The 2018-2019 Subaru BRZ coupe and 2019-2020 Subaru Ascent SUV. The 2018 Subaru Forester SUV, 2018-2020 Subaru Impreza sedan, and 2018-2020 Subaru Impreza hatchbacks. Also included in the recall are the 2018-2020 Subaru Outback wagon and the 2018-2019 Subaru WRX sedan. The final vehicle included in the Subaru recall is the 2018-2019 Toyota 86 coupe.

Consumer Reports notes that the recall is being issued due to a faulty fuel pump. The fuel pump could develop cracks and fail. If the fuel pump fails while the vehicle is driving, the engine could stall. This increases the likelihood that the car could crash.

What are the details of the Subaru recall?

Subaru says that if you notice the engine running rough or making strange noises, this could indicate there is a fuel pump issue. The engine could also be louder than usual or throw a check engine light on the dashboard in this case. In addition to those signs, the Subaru might not start at all. A spokesperson from Subaru told Consumer Reports that there have been no crashes or injuries related to the Subaru recall yet.

According to Kelley Blue Book, this is how a modern fuel pump works.

“A modern fuel pump uses a direct-current electric motor to draw fuel from the tank. It sends it through the fuel injectors to be misted into the cylinders. The fuel mixes with air and a charge from the spark plugs create combustion. A filter on the intake of the pump sifts any impurities to prevent them from entering the fuel lines and, ultimately, your engine.”

Kelley Blue Book

While modern fuel pumps are more efficient, issues can still arise. The price of a replacement fuel pump can vary widely. KBB suggests the cost could be anywhere from $200 to $1,000, depending on the vehicle and age of the car. Consumer Reports still recommends most of the Subaru vehicles in the lineup, regardless of the recall.

Important information reguarding the recall

A local Subaru dealership should replace the low-pressure fuel pump free of charge. If you own one of these vehicles, The automaker will send out the Subaru recall notice in September 2021. If your car is having issues already, owners can call Subaru customer service at 844-373-6614.

Owners can also go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website and input the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to see if the vehicle is included in the Subaru recall. The NHTSA campaign number is 21V587. Subaru should get you back on the road in a timely fashion.

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