Subaru is recalling nearly 229,000 late-model vehicles over an issue that could result in vehicles unexpectedly stalling. While this is a very different issue from October’s recall notice, which dealt with roughly 400,000 vehicles globally, both could leave you stranded on the side of the road.
The new recall involves software gremlins inside the 2018 Outback and Legacy. According to the NHTSA’s report, the low-fuel warning light may not issue a warning at the appropriate fuel level. Likewise, the anticipated range may overestimate the number of miles you have left before needing to refuel. This could elevate the risk of a crash in certain situations, but the most likely outcome is the vehicle sputtering before you’ve had the chance to gas up.
Subaru plans to notify owners starting in December. Dealers will then reprogram the combination meter software for affected vehicles for free once the manufacturer issues the tools necessary for the fix.
Meanwhile, the company is still working on the notification process for an earlier issue involving the 2.0-liter found in Subaru BRZs, Foresters, and Imprezas manufactured between 2012 and 2013. Unlike the fuel gauge glitch, that issue was mechanical and dealt with faulty valve springs which could snap — leading to serious engine damage. The problem also affected some Scion FR-S or Japanese Toyota 86 vehicles produced within the same timeframe.