Latest Subaru Recall is Related to Adhesive
Application Issue, According to Company Officials
September 22, 2011
|2010 Subaru Legacy
Subaru has issued a recall for approximately 69,000 vehicles related
to possible moonroof issue, according a report from the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). According to Subaru
officials, the moonroofs in certain models of the 2011 Legacy and
Outback vehicles, manufactured between August 3, 2010, and July
1, 2011, may come loose or fall off, due to a problem with the way
the adhesive was applied during the vehicle assembly process.
Fuji Heavy Industries USA Inc. (FHI), which is part of Subaru's
parent company, notified NHTSA of the recall on September 6, and
in the letter
to NHTSA points out that the "adhesion area between [the] glass
and retainer is small" on the vehicles' moonroofs.
"[The] width of [the] primer application was found less than
the amount specified in the design drawing in certain areas,"
writes John Frooshani, safety activities manager, government relations,
for Fuji. "[The] amount and positions of [the] seal application
was inappropriate at both of outer and inner circumferences of certain
Frooshani attributes the cause of the problem to the fact that
the assembly process of the glass and retainer was moved from another
vendor during a 2010 summer shutdown. "Application management
of primer and seal was inappropriate," he adds.
FHI says company officials first received a technical report of
a moonroof coming off a vehicle from Subaru itself on June 20. The
company investigated and determined that "poor adhesion"
was the cause of the release.
To remedy the problem for those with affected vehicles, dealers
will inspect the moonroof adhesion in the vehicles and "will
either apply additional seal or replace the moonroof glass with
a new one."
Subaru of America officials expected to begin notifying dealers
around September 7 and is in the process of preparing modified parts,
with hopes of notifying owners within 60 days.
This is the second glass-related
recall Subaru has issued this month. Previously, the company
recalled its 2010 and 2011 Subaru Legacy and Outback vehicles manufactured
between January 7, 2010, and May 20, 2011, due to faulty windshield
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