DETROIT Aug 5 Subaru of America said it is
recalling about 5,000 older model cars with passenger-side air
bag inflators made by Takata Corp that may rupture and
break into metal fragments that could harm passengers, the
automaker and U.S. safety regulators said on Tuesday.
Subaru, a unit of Fuji Heavy Industries, said it
will recall model year 2003-2005 Legacy, Outback and Baja models
as well as 2004-2005 Impreza that are or ever were registered in
Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
A Subaru of America spokesman said the company has not found
defective air bag inflators in any of its vehicles in the area
involved in the recall and is not aware of any injuries related
to this issue.
Subaru is conducting the recall "out of an abundance of
caution" the spokesman said.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in
June began asking automakers with Takata air bag inflators in
their vehicles to recall cars for inspection in the limited
region because high humidity may cause defective inflators to
A letter from NHTSA to Subaru dated Monday shows that cars
that are brought in for inspection will have air bag inflators
replaced. Also, it said, engineers will gather the older
inflators for analysis.
(Reporting by Bernie Woodall; Editing by Grant McCool)