Subaru Announces Voluntary Recall of 1997 Legacy
28 May 1998Subaru Announces Voluntary Recall of 1997 Legacy Vehicles; Possible Throttle Body Bearing Problem
CHERRY HILL, N.J., May 28 -- Subaru of America, Inc. today announced a voluntary recall campaign on its 1997 model year Legacy vehicles manufactured between August 9, 1996 and March 21, 1997. The campaign involves a parts supplier failing to fit bearings to the throttle shaft of the throttle body on certain vehicles. Testing has revealed that operation of a vehicle with a missing throttle shaft bearing over extended mileage can eventually lead to an incomplete return of the throttle valve and, consequently, a high idling condition. The number of vehicles potentially affected is 61,115, although it is estimated that the maximum number of vehicles missing bearings is fewer than 100. There have been no customer complaints and no reported accidents. All known owners of vehicles affected by the safety recall have been notified by first class mail. They have been asked to return their vehicles to a Subaru dealer for inspection of the throttle body and replacement if the bearing is determined to be missing. Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered near Philadelphia, the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of nearly 610 franchised dealers across the United States. All Legacy models sold in the U.S., including the Outback and Sport Utility Sedan, are produced at the company's American manufacturing plant, Subaru-Isuzu Automotive, Inc., near Lafayette, Ind. In 1998, Subaru celebrates 30 years in the U.S. market, having sold over three million vehicles.