This time, it's for a suspension issue.
The automotive industry has had it seriously tough for the past two years, and as things slowly return to normalcy, there are still a few niggles holding manufacturers back from returning to full production. The most notable is the microchip shortage. Subaru yesterday announced that it would be stopping all production in Japan due to the shortage. This stoppage will affect cars such as the Subaru BRZ, Impreza, and Crosstrek. This follows a massive recall that was issued back in April which affected nearly a million vehicles, including the Subaru Impreza. When it rains, it storms, and it looks like Subaru is in for some more bad times after the company recently issued another recall for 2021 Subaru Impreza vehicles, of which 802 units were affected.
Subaru's April recall included the 2017-2019 Impreza which suffered from failing engine control modules and ignition coils. The latest recall affects the suspension system of the Impreza and sounds pretty serious. According to Subaru of America, certain Impreza vehicles might be fitted with "a left front lower control arm with an improper weld near a connection joint between the lower control arm and the crossmember". If a weld were to fail in this location, it could cause serious issues. The tire could lodge itself in the wheel well, rendering the vehicle undrivable. Thankfully, no accidents or injuries have been reported due to this issue.
Subaru said in a statement that Subaru retailers will inspect the LOT number stamped on the left front lower control arm to verify if the part is faulty or not. If the control arm contains the specific LOT number, the part will be replaced free of charge. Subaru advises those who could possibly be affected to avoid driving their cars until an inspection has been completed. To find out if your Impreza is affected, you can visit Subaru's website and select Vehicle Recalls. The other alternative is to visit the NHTSA website and enter the 17-digital VIN number to get more information on the recall.