According to the Japanese automaker, a parking rod could have been damaged during assembly, causing it to come loose inside the transmission. If this was to happen, the vehicle would not be able to shift out of the park position. To cause more headaches, even if the affected vehicle is in park, it could still roll away without warning since the parking mechanism may not be properly engaged.
In total, 202 vehicles are affected by the recall, all built from June 12, 2013 through June 28, 2013. Subaru dealerships will replace the defective transmissions free of charge and the recall is expected to begin at the end of this month.
The issue was discovered at Subaru’s factory in Indiana when a vehicle unexpectedly moved despite the transmission being set in park. The automaker was able to review production records to narrow the source of the issue as a single employee that improperly assembled the automatic transmissions.
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