|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|Thursday, April 16, 1998
||Contact: Tim Hurd
|Tel. No. (202) 366-9550
Subaru of America, Incorporated
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
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
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.