Subaru's Expanded Takata Airbag Recall Includes 2004-'05 Subaru Impreza | Edmunds

Subaru's Expanded Takata Airbag Recall Includes 2004-'05 Subaru Impreza

WASHINGTON Subaru will expand its recall of 2004-'05 Subaru Impreza sedans and wagons with defective Takata airbags to 81,100 cars, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The recall also includes the 2005 Saab 9-2X wagon.

"The affected vehicles are equipped with a passenger-side frontal airbag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion which, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture upon its deployment," said NHTSA in its recall summary. "The inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants, potentially resulting in serious injury or death."

This is an expansion of a regional recall in Gulf Coast states to a nationwide recall.

Subaru spokesman Michael McHale said there are no injuries, crashes or fatalities linked to the recall.

Subaru will notify its owners and General Motors will notify Saab owners, NHTSA said. Subaru told dealers that the repair can be performed on affected vehicles prior to owner notification, if parts are available.

The affected Imprezas were built from January 28, 2003 to May 31, 2005. The affected 9-2Xs were built from February 11, 2004 to March 17, 2005.

Subaru dealers will replace the passenger airbag inflator. The recall is expected to begin on July 27. Owners can contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783. Owners of Saab vehicles can call 1-800-955-9007. 

Edmunds says: Owners of these cars should stay in close touch with their dealers and make a service appointment as soon as possible.

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