Outback Has Two Brake-Related Recalls in Australia

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CANBERRA, Australia – According to media reports as well as a government Website, Subaru (Aust) Pty Limited has initiated two recalls for different issues concerning the braking system on the 2021 Subaru Outback.

The first recall, filed with the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC), the Australian agency responsible for product recalls in the island nation, is for a faulty electronic brake booster (EBB) and impacts 256 vehicles.

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According to the ACCC, the EBB may not have been set up correctly. The agency’s report went on to state:

If the EBB does not operate correctly, the following may occur:

1. Cruise control cannot be set;
2. The stop lamp remains on even when not braking;
3. Flat battery;
4. More pressure needs to be applied when braking and an increase in the vehicle’s stopping distance.

This may increase the risk of an accident-causing injury or death of vehicle occupants and other road users.

Subaru owners will be contacted and arrangements with authorized dealers to repair the problem.

The second recall, announced the same day earlier this week as the first, covers 1,982 2021 Subaru Outbacks to remedy a defective pre-collision braking system which might set off the system inadvertently.

According to a post Susannah Guthrie on caradvice.com.au, “this latest fault means the car’s ‘stereo camera may mis-recognize roadside objects and/or miscalculate the travelling direction of an oncoming vehicle, unexpectedly activating pre-collision braking.’”

This issue, according to Guthrie, had earlier caused a “stop delivery” order on 2021 Outbacks in Japan.

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The recall has not appeared on the ACCC Website despite Guthrie being told by Subaru it had communicated the matter with the government agency.

Outback owners will be contacted by Subaru and instructed to bring their vehicles to an authorized dealer to have the safety-system’s software updated.

Mike Geylin
Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Editor-in-Chief at Hagman Media. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.