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NHTSA 80-98
Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Subaru of America, Inc.


Subaru Legacy Years: 1998-1999

Number Involved: 20,603
Dates of Manufacture: January - April 1998
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V127
Vehicle Description:
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.