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December 2, 2002

Subaru Has Recalled More than 163,000 Vehicles

(SafetyAlerts) -  Subaru Has Recalled More than 163,000 Vehicles because of problems with the transmission selector.

Number Potentially Involved: 163,243

Dates of Manufacture: June 2001 – September 2002

Defect: Certain passenger and sport utility vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions were produced with an improperly manufactured transmission parking rod. When the transmission selector lever is placed in the "P" (Park) position, the transmission park mechanism, which is intended to hold the vehicle, may not engage. The vehicle could then move/roll without prior warning, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy: Dealers will replace the automatic transmission parking rod assembly. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification is expected to begin during January 2003. An interim owner notification will be sent during November 2002. Owners should contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783.

[NHTSA Recall No. 02V282]

Important Note Regarding Auto Recalls
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If your dealer doesn't know about the recall when you
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when the next update is due.

Did you know?
During 2001 there were over
1575 products recalled in the United
States for safety reasons!

How many did you hear about?

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