Subaru Recall: 2013 Outback Steering Column IssuesBy: Sean Patterson - June 20, 2013
Last month, car manufacturer Subaru issued a recall for 2013 Outback and Legacy vehicles, which could have a serious (and potentially deadly) flaw. Subaru and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued the recall for all 2013 Outback and Legacy cars manufactured from February 15, 2012 to June 15, 2012.
The cars in question have steering column shafts that were not press-fitted sufficiently. The defect could cause the inner and outer shafts of their steering column assemblies to disengage from each other. If that were to happen, drivers would immediately lose the ability to steer their car, quite obviously increasing the likelihood of a car crash.
The recall has already begun, with Subaru issuing new steering column assembly replacements to those drivers affected. For those drivers who have not yet had their car’s steering column assembly replaced, Subaru recommends not (ever) adjusting the tilt/telescopic position of the steering wheel while driving. Also, drivers should take care to make sure their car’s steering wheel actually turns the vehicle’s front wheels before driving.