|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
||Contact: Tim Hurd
|Tel. No. (202) 366-9550
Subaru of America, Inc.
Number Involved: 20,603
Dates of Manufacture: January - April 1998
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V127
Description of Defect: The Purolator oil filters used on these vehicles can
fracture, causing a vaporized oil spray and subsequent oil leak. This vaporized oil spray
can result in oil vapor ignition by the hot exhaust system resulting in a possible
underhood fire. Service parts supplied to Subaru dealers are also involved (Lot numbers
F01 J21D2, F01 J30D2, F02 J09D1, F02 J09D2, AND F02 J20D1).
Remedy: Dealers will inspect and replace these engine oil filters. Owner
notification began during late June 1998.
Owner Notification: Owners who 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.