Subaru of America, Inc. Announces Voluntary Recall of 2001 Legacy Models with Manually Adjustable Front Seats

      - Campaign Affects Legacy Sedan, Legacy Wagon and Outback Models -

    CHERRY HILL, N.J., March 28 Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA),
today announced a voluntary recall campaign of certain 2001 model year Subaru
Legacy vehicles, including Legacy Sedan, Legacy Wagon and Outback models.  The
campaign involves the replacement of front seat inner seat-rails on manually
adjustable (non-powered) seats.  The campaign was launched as a result of
problems found during scheduled quality assurance testing.  There have been no
reported accidents or injuries.
    Due to a spot-welding flaw in the front seat inner seat rail, the seat
rail could lock and prevent adjustment.  This flaw may also cause failure of
the locking pawl to lock the inner seat rail.  Although only 66 pieces of
improperly welded inner seat rails are affected within a population of
3,627 vehicles, Subaru will replace manually adjustable front seat inner seat
rails in all of those vehicles to ensure that all potentially defective parts
are replaced.
    All registered owners of vehicles potentially affected by the voluntary
recall campaign will be notified by first class mail.  Repairs will be made at
an authorized Subaru dealer at no charge to owners.
    For additional information about Subaru of America, Inc. and Subaru
vehicles, visit the company's media web site at
    Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy
Industries Ltd. of Japan.  Subaru pioneered the concept of the passenger
car/sport-utility vehicle with the introduction of the Subaru Outback, the
"World's First Sport Utility Wagon."  The Subaru Legacy is the best selling
All-Wheel Drive car sold in America, based on the Polk Company retail
registration statistics as of 12/31/00.
    Headquartered near Philadelphia, the company markets and distributes
Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of 588 dealers across
the United States.  All Legacy and Outback models sold in the United States
are produced at the Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc. manufacturing plant near
Lafayette, Ind.  Over the past eight years, the company has seen its sales
increase by nearly 100 percent thanks to its popular line of car-based sport
utility vehicles, and is among the fastest growing brands in the automobile

    CONTACT:  Rob Moran, 856-488-3326, or, or Don Bearden,
856-488-8644, or, both of Subaru of America.

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