Subaru Canada has issued a pair of recalls affecting 33,324 vehicles. While the recalls deal with two separate issues, both can lead the vehicles to stall.
The first recall affects 14,160 Subaru Legacy sedans and Outback utility vehicles from the 2018 model year. The low-fuel warning light might not turn on at the correct time to warn of a low fuel level in those vehicles. The driving-range indicator in the multi-information display might also indicate a remaining distance-to-empty number when the fuel tank is actually empty.
While the low-fuel warning light will eventually turn on and the fuel gauge will eventually display an “E” for “empty,” if the driver continues to operate the vehicle based on the range indicator, the vehicle might run out of fuel, causing the engine to stall.
Subaru is encouraging drivers to keep their fuel tanks topped up until the problem is fixed. To fix the problem, dealers will reprogram the combination meter (gauge cluster) software.
The other recall affects 19,164 vehicles, including BRZ coupes from 2013, Impreza sedans from 2012 through 2014 and XV Crosstrek crossovers from 2013.
On those vehicles, the engine valve springs could fracture, causing an engine failure or a stall with an inability to restart.
Dealers will replace the engine valve springs.