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From Products Liability Law Daily, December 4, 2014

Subaru joins other manufacturers in recalling vehicles over airbag inflator ruptures

By Joe Bichl

As the Takata airbag inflator defect recall continues, Subaru of America, Inc., is now recalling certain model year 2003-2005 Legacy, Outback, Baja, 2004-2005 Impreza (including WRX/STI), and 2005 Saab 9-2X vehicles sold, or registered, in geographic locations associated with high absolute humidity. The passenger side airbag inflator may rupture under these conditions. Specifically, vehicles sold, or registered, in Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Florida and adjacent counties in southern Georgia, as well as the coastal areas of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas are being recalled.

On deployment of the passenger side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture. In the event of a crash, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the vehicle occupants, Subaru warned (NHTSA Recall Notice, No. 14V763, December 4, 2014).

Remedy. Subaru will notify their owners and Saab owners will be notified by General Motors. Dealers will replace the passenger air bag inflator, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Subaru's number for this recall is WQP-51. Note: This recall supersedes recall 14V-471.

Contact information. For more information consumers can contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783. Owners of Saab vehicles should call toll-free 1-800-955-9007Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to

Companies: Subaru of America, Inc.

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