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Subaru Legacy, Forester, Outback, Impreza, Baja In October 2002 Recall

Subaru of America, Inc.

Models:  Subaru Legacy Years:     2001-2003
  Subaru Outback Years:     2001-2003
  Subaru Forester Years:     2002-2003
  Subaru Impreza Years:     2002-2003
  Subaru Baja Year:      2003
Number Potentially Involved:  163,243
Dates of Manufacture:  June 2001 – September 2002  
Defect:  Certain passenger and sport utility vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions were produced with an improperly manufactured transmission parking rod. When the transmission selector lever is placed in the "P" (Park) position, the transmission park mechanism, which is intended to hold the vehicle, may not engage. The vehicle could then move/roll without prior warning, increasing the risk of a crash. 
Remedy:   Dealers will replace the automatic transmission parking rod assembly. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification is expected to begin during January 2003. An interim owner notification will be sent during November 2002. Owners should contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783.
[NHTSA Recall No. 02V282]