Recall List for the 1996 Subaru Legacy

Official recalls have been issued for the 1996 Subaru Legacy 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. 1996 Subaru Legacy SUSPENSION:FRONT:SPRINGS:COIL SPRINGS NHTSA Campaign #01V216000

    • Date Announced: JUNE 25, 2001
    • Vehicles Affected: 180,000

    Summary: Vehicle description: Passenger vehicles equipped with front coil springs originally sold in or currently registered in the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, and in the District of Columbia. The front coil springs were produced with poor paint quality which, after continued exposure to corrosive salt, can result in breakage of the spring.

    Consequence: Depending on the location of the fracture, a broken spring could move past the spring seat and contact a front tire. Some tires have deflated due to contact with a broken spring.

    Actions: Dealers will notifiy customers to bring their vehicle to an authorize dealership to have a spring guard installed on both front struts to prevent tire puncture and replace any broken springs free of charge. Owner notification began September 18, 2001. 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 #01V216000 »


    • Date Announced: MAY 15, 2000
    • Vehicles Affected: 223,520

    Summary: This is not a safety recall in accordance with the Safety Act. However, it is deemed a safety improvement campaign by the Agency. Vehicle description: Passenger vehicles. Some of these vehicles have an alternator problem that can result in a loss of charging capability.

    Consequence: If the alternator fails, the alternator warning telltale will alert the driver to the problem, giving ample opportunity to seek repair before a loss of battery power, which, if the warning were ignored, could ultimately result in a loss of vehicle power (engine stall).

    Actions: Dealers will replace the alternator with a modified alternator. Owners will also be cautioned that, should the alternator telltale warning lamp illuminate, they must seek immediate repair to avoid the eventual loss of electrical power, which could result in an engine stall. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #00I002000 »

  3. 1996 Subaru Legacy AIR BAGS NHTSA Campaign #98V315000

    • Date Announced: DECEMBER 11, 1998
    • Vehicles Affected: 95,673

    Summary: Vehicle description: Passenger vehicles. Inadvertent air bag deployment can occur after undercarriage contact of the tow hooks with curbs, dips, speedbumps, potholes, etc.

    Consequence: Unexpected air bag deployment could result in personal injury.

    Actions: Dealers will remove the front tow hooks. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #98V315000 »


    • Date Announced: MAY 04, 1998
    • Vehicles Affected: 29,442

    Summary: Vehicle description: Passenger station wagon, sedan and sport utility vehicles. Due to improper welding, fractures can occur on the support bracket of the front transverse link.

    Consequence: Such fractures can result in partial or complete separation of the bracket causing a failure of the lower suspension mounting, leading to a loss of vehicle control.

    Actions: Dealers will inspect and replace if necessary the front suspension support brackets. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #98V091000 »

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