Subaru recalls thousands of late-model Outbacks over unsafe fault

The popular cars may develop problems with their reversing technology.

The popular cars may develop problems with their reversing technology. Photo: Subaru

Subaru Australia has issued a nationwide produce safety recall for 2610 examples of its late-model Subaru Outback over possible problems with its reversing technology.

The recall affects Outbacks made between 2021and 2022 and concerns possible manufacturing issues with the transmission inhibitor switch, which could lead to a malfunction of the reversing lights and/or reversing camera.

The fault was traced back to the switch’s sealing, which might allow moisture to corrode the circuit board and potentially prevent the reversing lights and/or camera from activating.

“If the reverse lamps and/or the rear-view camera do not operate as intended, it may impact the safety of other traffic, or any persons located behind the vehicle increasing the risk of an accident-causing serious injury or death to vehicle occupants and/or other road users,” the recall notice warned.

Subaru encouraging Outback owners who think they may be affected to check whether their vehicle’s identification number [VIN] appears in the VIN list document attached to the recall notice on the federal government’s Vehicle Recalls website.

If their car is listed, owners are advised to book their vehicle in for a free rectification at any authorised Subaru service centre.

Subaru owners can also contact Subaru Australia for more information by calling 1800 226 643 or emailing [email protected].

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