2015 Subaru Outback Recalled for Trailer Hitch Assembly Problem | Edmunds

2015 Subaru Outback Recalled for Trailer Hitch Assembly Problem


Just the Facts:
  • Subaru of America is recalling 56 2015 Subaru Outback vehicles equipped with a Subaru accessory trailer hitch assembly that may not be torqued properly.
  • The trailer may detach from the vehicle.
  • The recall began October 7.

WASHINGTON Subaru of America is recalling 56 2015 Subaru Outback vehicles equipped with a Subaru accessory trailer hitch assembly that may not be torqued properly, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

"During installation, the trailer hitch mounting nuts may have been overtightened, potentially resulting in failure of the trailer hitch mounting studs," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "The mounting nuts may not provide sufficient force to remain attached to the studs or the studs themselves might break.

"If this were to happen while a trailer is being towed, the driver might not be able to operate the vehicle as desired or the trailer may detach from the vehicle. Either situation could increase the risk of a crash."

There are no injuries, crashes or fatalities linked to the recall, according to Michael McHale, a Subaru spokesman.

The affected vehicles were built from January 22, 2014, to August 18, 2014.

Subaru dealers will replace all eight mounting nuts for the trailer hitch assembly. The recall began October 7. Owners can contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783.

Edmunds says: If you own one of these Subaru Outbacks, it's time to schedule a service appointment with your dealer.

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