Subaru is recalling certain 2014 model-year Subaru Legacy and Outback and certain 2013 model-year Tribeca vehicles to fix a potential transmission problem.

A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website puts the number of vehicles potentially affected by the recall at 202. Affected vehicles were built from June 12 through June 28, 2013 and are equipped with automatic transmissions.

The problem

The NHTSA bulletin says that in affected vehicles, the parking rod may detach inside the automatic transmission.

With a detached parking rod, the driver may not be able to move the vehicle from the “Park” position. In addition, even if the transmission is shifted into the “Park” position, the parking mechanism may fail to engage. This increases the risk of a roll-away, crash and potential injury.

What Subaru will do

Subaru will notify owners and dealers will replace the transmission, at no charge. The Subaru safety recall, identified as #WQJ-46, is expected to begin by the end of August 2013.

In the meantime, owners of 2014 Subaru Legacy, Outback and 2013 Tribeca vehicles with any questions or concerns may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783.

Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to  Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 13V3356000.


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