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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NHTSA 21-98
Thursday, April 16, 1998 Contact: Tim Hurd


Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Subaru of America, Incorporated

Models:

Subaru Legacy Years: 1997
Subaru Outback Years: 1997

Number Involved: 61,115
Dates of Manufacture: August 1996 - March 1997
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V035
Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles.
Description of Defect: The throttle shaft ball bearing on the sensor side of the throttle body assembly was not installed in certain throttle bodies.
Consequence of Defect: Operation of a vehicle with a missing throttle shaft bearing can eventually lead to an incomplete return of the throttle resulting in a high idling condition.
Corrective Action: Dealers will inspect the throttle body and replace the throttle assembly if the bearing is missing.
Owner Notification: Owner notification was expected to begin during late March 1998.
Note: Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783.

NHTSA said manufacturers are required to mail a recall notice to all purchasers, owners and dealers when a safety defect or noncompliance with Federal safety standards is found. The agency urges owners to wait until they receive notification from the manufacturer before contacting their dealers to schedule the repair work. Not all vehicles of a particular make and model may be subject to the recall.