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2002 Subaru Forester

1 Recalls & Safety Reports

Recall List for the 2002 Subaru Forester

Official recalls have been issued for the 2002 Subaru Forester by the NHTSA. The complete details of all recalls are listed below, along with what they cover and the recommended solutions.

Recalls don't cost you anything to get fixed, but most are time-limited, so if your car is affected you should call your local Subaru service department immediately!

If you have questions about a recall, write down your VIN & then call Subaru customer service.

  1. 2002 Subaru Forester POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION NHTSA Campaign #02V282000

    • Date Announced: OCTOBER 30, 2002
    • Vehicles Affected: 172,564

    Summary: Certain sport utility and passenger 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, that is intended to hold your vehicle, may not engage.

    Consequence: The vehicle could then move/roll without prior warning, increasing the risk of a crash.

    Actions: Dealers will replace the automatic transmission parking rod assembly. Owner notification January 8, 2003. An interim owner notification will be sent during November 2002. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #02V282000 »

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