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Subaru recalls Tribeca to check rear suspension

Bad run: Recall is the second in eight days for Subaru.

Another Subaru recall arises, this time for the Tribeca SUV

21 Nov 2008

SUBARU Australia has issued another recall notice this week, this time for the Tribeca SUV which could, in a worst-case scenario, see the front lateral link in the rear suspension break and cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle.

The second Subaru recall in the space of eight days – the first concerning turbocharged Forester, Liberty and Impreza models – affects 3809 Tribeca vehicles spanning MY2007, MY2008 and MY2009.

According to Product Recalls Australia, Subaru parent Fuji Heavy Industries has “determined that the front lateral link in the rear suspension of 07MY, 08MY and certain 09MY Tribeca vehicles may crack and if left unchecked could, in time, break”.

“There is a safety risk associated with this condition. If the lateral link were to break the rear suspension would experience lack of ‘toe’ control and the driver may consequently lose control of the vehicle,” it said.

The specific models are: WXEBK2U/3U/4U/5U/6U, WXFCK2U/5U, WXFCY2U/5U and WXFDK2U/5U.

A Subaru Australia spokesperson told GoAuto that “there have been no failures reported locally and we understand it has only occurred on extremely rough roads in Russia”.

The company will contact owners of all affected vehicles.

Last week, Subaru Australia issued a recall notice for turbocharged Forester, Liberty and Impreza models – except the WRX STi – to check an engine oil line that could split and cause a fire.

This recall followed an unrelated “field service campaign” in April which forced Subaru to halt production and sales of all turbocharged 2.5-litre engine models due to a potential failure of engine conrod bearings.

The Japanese manufacturer also lodged a recall notice earlier this year for the 2001-2003 Impreza hatchback due to faulty tailgate struts potentially cracking welds and failing.

Meanwhile, Jaguar Australia has issued a recall for its current XF luxury sedan to check the fitment of rear seat restraints.

“A concern has been identified with the fitting process used in vehicle manufacture in relation to both rear seat belt D-loops on a number of 2009MY Jaguar XF vehicles,” said Product Recalls Australia.

“A minority of vehicles built up until VIN R22438 may have had seat belt D-loops fitted where the D-loops may not freely rotate. The seat belt may not run freely when the rear seat belts are being pulled out and, should a vehicle suffer a moderate to heavy frontal impact, the rear seat occupants may not be fully restrained.” Consumers are being asked to contact their Jaguar dealer for further information.

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