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

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Subaru of America, Incorporated


Subaru Legacy Years: 1997-1998
Subaru Outback Years: 1997-1998

Number Involved: 19,386
Dates of Manufacture: May - August 1997
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V042
Vehicle Description: Passenger vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions.
Description of Defect: Due to poor welds of the automatic transmission shift lever assemblies, ignition keys can stick, shift levers/linkages can break, and improper movement of the shift levers.
Consequence of Defect: This condition can cause unexpected movement of the vehicle increasing the risk of a crash or property damage.
Corrective Action: Dealers will replace the automatic transmission shift lever assemblies (except the handle grip).
Owner Notification: Owner notification is expected to begin April 15, 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.