Two recalling news in one day? Must one hectic automotive world, eh? Yup… after Honda announced their 2008-2009 Odyssey recalled over liftgate issue, now the Japanese RWD expert automaker has to recall tow models of the 2012 model year. The 2012 Subaru Legacy and Outback have to be recalled due to the side curtain airbags issue. Now this is surprising as both the sedan and wagon version are still fresh out from the production division and we pretty sure that the QC officers already did their best to inspect the vehicles and put the “OK” sticker on the windshield.
Subaru takes the right step to announce the recall as they don’t want this to turn into one massive recall case. Autoblog.com reported that around 381 units of 2012 Legacy sedan and Outback wagon which manufactured between December 1st and 23rd 2011 are among those which affected. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA stated that the aforementioned vehicles are suspected to have side curtain airbags which contain an incorrect propellant mixture of initiator component.
Initiator component means the substance needed when the airbag is launched during crash event or involves in accident. Insufficient initiator component can lead to insufficient compressed gas. If this happens, then the side curtain airbags on the 2012 Legacy sedan and Outback might not deploy in case the vehicles are involving in an accident which definitely increase the risk of injury. Subaru will notify the owners of the affected vehicles and the side curtain airbag replacement is free of charge. If you own the aforementioned vehicles, you can contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783 or visit NTHSA’s official site.