Subaru is adding another half a million cars to the massive Takata airbag recall that has claimed 10s of millions of vehicles in North America and about a hundred million worldwide.
For those unfamiliar with the recall, it began officially in spring 2013, though many estimate the problem started popping up maybe 10 years earlier. It centres on faulty inflator modules that are prone to be compromised by moisture and make them rupture and spew metal pieces at front seat occupants.
Because of the scope of the recall (there just weren’t enough pieces available to replace every airbag module in one fell swoop), manufacturers have been recalling vehicles according to region (warm, humid climates get preference), with older vehicles also getting preference because age plays a factor in the inflators’ propensity to fail.
In some cases, there were “band-aid” solutions in that some modules were replaced with newer versions to knock one of the factors out of the equation, until the permanent fix with completely different inflators could be exacted.
That is the situation in which this latest recall takes place. The approximately 500,000 vehicles in the US (and federalized territories) and roughly 24,000 in Canada were fitted with the newer versions of the same inflators, and are now being brought back to dealerships for their final repairs.
The recall applies to 2003-2006 Baja, 2003-2014 Legacy and Outback, 2004- 2011 Impreza, 2004-2014 WRX and 2009 Forester. The recall also ensnares the 2005-2006 Saab 9-2X, which was made for General Motors by Subaru.