Fuel Problems Lead to Subaru Recalls

Subaru of America announced the recall of several thousand Impreza vehicles in connection to faulty fuel systems.

The company notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) on March 29, 2017 they plan to recall 33,131 2017 Subaru Imprezas following reports that “winter fuel” can prematurely vaporize in the vehicles’ fuel lines.

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Gasoline sold for winter use in North America contains high vapor pressure compounds, allowing it to vaporize at a lower temperature. When using winter fuel, the Imprezas in question may cause the fuel to vaporize too early in certain conditions. Premature vaporization leads to a decrease in fuel pressure, which can result in rough idling, failure to start the engine, or engine stalling. The vehicle may not be able to restart for a certain period of time after a stall.

The company began investigating the issue after receiving field reports on January 3, 2017 regarding rough idling and engine stalling. From then until March 23, 2017, the company investigated the problem by collecting data and parts from several vehicle failures.

Subaru’s investigators eventually determined the software regulating the radiator fan caused the issue.

Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the engine control unit to turn the radiator cooling fan on at a lower temperature, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2738. Subaru’s number for this recall is WTP-75. Subaru owners can also visit the NHTSA’s website and enter their VIN to see if their vehicle is included in any recalls.

The manufacturer of your vehicle is legally required to fix any recalled problems for free. If the dealership refuses to fix the part or tries to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately. The Highway Safety Act of 1970, which created the NHTSA, requires car manufacturers to pay for the recall and replacement of a defective part.

If the manufacturer fails to repair, replace, repurchase, or provide the loss value of your recalled vehicle, they are violating the warranty and a lawyer may be able to help you. Lemon law attorneys help their clients by dealing directly with the manufacturer on the clients’ behalf, working to promptly resolve the issue and get their clients back on the road. Thanks to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, attorneys can seek their fees directly from the manufacturer, meaning a client can obtain legal counsel without having to pay attorneys’ fees directly out of pocket.

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