WASHINGTON — Subaru of America is recalling 32,400 2012 Subaru Impreza sedans and wagons to fix a potential problem with the front passenger airbag, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The Subaru WRX STI models are not included in this recall.
"In the affected vehicles, the Occupant Detection System may deactivate if a front seat passenger operates a device that is plugged into the power outlet, such as a music player or cell phone, or touches a metal part of the vehicle, such as the forward/rearward seat-adjuster lever," said NHTSA in its recall summary.
"If the ODS deactivates, the front passenger airbag will be turned off and the front passenger airbag will not deploy in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury to the seat occupant."
A Subaru of America spokesman did not respond immediately to a query from Edmunds asking if there are any injuries, crashes or fatalities linked to the recall.
The affected Imprezas were built from April 21, 2011 to February 16, 2012.
Edmunds says: Owners of these cars should expect to receive a formal recall notice within 60 days. They can schedule a service appointment at that time or contact their dealer now if they have an immediate concern.