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Posted in 4x4, Bizarre, Car Buying, Cars, General, Newsworthy, Subaru by Geoff | July 28th, 2009 | 3 Responses |
Subaru Issues Baja Recall

Subaru Issues Baja Recall

Subaru rarely receives any bad press given that they have built an extremely loyal following of their sometimes quirky, but always reliably-built lineup of all-wheel drive vehicles. But even mighty Subaru is not immune to the recall bug. Just today they issued a recall notice for 2005 and 2006 Baja trucks due to a fuel line defect that could lead to a vehicle fire.

Just last month Subaru posted a 3.4 percent sales increase totaling 18,620 units, fueled mainly by increased demand for the Japanese automaker’s Legacy and Impreza models. That was a June sales record. Unfortunately Subaru’s killed-off Baja has spoiled a bit of the celebration with a potentially serious fuel issue that may ignite a fire. Subaru is recalling 15,633 Baja sport-trucks from the 2005 and 2006 model years to fix faulty fuel system hardware. The fuel pump nipple may crack leading to a fuel leak and fire if near any kind of ignition source.


In the defect notice filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released today, the automaker explains, “Cracks may develop in the fuel hose connection on the outlet pressure side of the fuel pump. Fuel can leak from the house connection. A fuel leak, in the presence of an ignition source, could result in a fire.”

Inexplicably, Subaru is not expected to notify Baja owners formally until September, but those who wish to make early repair arrangements may contact Subaru at (800) 782-2783 and hustle on down to their dealer who will replace the fuel pump bracket with a new, redesigned part, free of charge

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  1. Mad_Science says:

    Odd that it’s only the Baja and not the Legacy or Outback.

  2. Dustin May says:

    Subaru will also be issuing a TSB to apply lip and nipple balm to your Outback every 6 months or 7500 miles.

  3. joseph says:

    My 2000 Subaru Legacy GT caught fire while I was inside watching TV. I live out in the country and I noticed the security light blinking in the dash was working ok though I have not driven the car for a little over a week. I been using my truck. I went to turn off the heater in the house and the lights when I noticed a huge orange light so I open my blinds and the right side of the car was on fire. The firefighters came and I noticed the next day my window in the rear has a spring that shot out. Then the rear totally gone. In and out. Then the driver side dash is melted down as well. Although the front of the car is still in tact. That night and the last couple of nights had lots of moisture and DEW in the air so I am guessing it got into the electrical of my 2000 Legacy GT wagon. I had this car a little over a year and I had problems with it due to the car rotting. They have a recall for that as well. Maybe insulation rotted under the car or in some place critical to wiring and maybe the fuel line or something may have caught fire. I know the head gasket was going out on the car and that too was recalled. These cars are deadly even when you don’t drive them. I got hypnotized by the look and feel of driving one but I will never own one again. Especially with GM and the 07 toyota rav and camry doing that too. Makes you wonder why they are using such bad wiring on a car that is supposed to have an over 200000 or more reputation on the engine. My car was rotted and even the subarus at the wrecking yards were so rusted under too. Even a wrecking yard owner told me the knuckle assemblies sell out a lot for those cars. They don’t age well! Cheap cutbacks and using animals for marketing is what makes a Subaru! The Baja is the same vehicle. In fact my legacy gt has the same day time running lights. It is the same car. Same everything pretty much. Other then my GT wagon has Impreza Rims and suspension. They are very interchangeable. Even the Foresters have caught fire I am reading on about. That company is Fuji Heavy Industries which to me has always kept their better products in Japan. I have a Fuji Camera which works well but sometimes takes blurry pictures and the built in camera in it malfunctions so much it jumps scenes every 3 seconds no matter what batteries I use.