Recall Alert: 2013 Subaru Outback and Legacy

Subaru is recalling 5,379 model-year 2013 versions of the Outback and Legacy due to a problem with the steering column, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected vehicles were manufactured from Feb. 15 through June 15, 2012; check your vehicle's build date on a sticker on the driver-side doorjamb. In these cars, the inner and outer shafts of the steering column assembly could become disengaged, leading to a possible loss of vehicle control. Subaru received customer complaints about a loss of steering ability, which led to the recall investigation, the automaker said in a statement.

Subaru will start notifying affected owners today, and dealers will replace the affected parts for free. Owners can call Subaru at 800-782-2783 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

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I was already to purchase a 2014 Outback until I was told it does not have a power tailgate. Very disappointing since other comparative models do offer the power tailgate.


I was ready to buy an Outback when I was told it does not have a power tailgate. This is a drop dead issue since my wife requires same. Very disappointed since I have to change our choice of SUV'S


Anyone heard of a ping noise from the motor when its hot outside on a 2013 Outback?


Yes, 2013 Outback 2.5i with CVT, I get pinging under moderate or greater load, in warm/hot ambient temperatures, and it also seems worse at higher altitudes. Higher octane (92) gas seems to help, but does not eliminate it.

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