Subaru of America Inc. is recalling nearly 229,000 vehicles for a gas gauge problem that could lead to certain 2018 Legacy and Outback models stalling. Subaru also ordered dealers to suspend sales of those vehicles, pending a fix for the problem. The Outback is one of Subaru's most popular nameplates.
The automaker is advising dealers to inform owners to keep fuel tanks in the two vehicles at least a quarter full or risk running out of gas unexpectedly.
Due to a software error, the low-fuel warning light may not display at the intended fuel level, and the miles-to-empty display may indicate a positive number even if the tank is empty, increasing the risk of crash, NHTSA reported Nov. 1.
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the combination meter software for affected vehicles. Subaru has not acquired the necessary reprogramming tools, NHTSA said in a notice to dealers.
Dominick Infante, director of communications for Subaru of America, said Friday the company plans to start contacting customers in December.
It is the second safety recall undertaken by Subaru this month.
Separately, Subaru recalled 140,249 vehicles in the U.S. for a valve spring vulnerability that could cause the engine to malfunction. The engine recall covers Impreza, Crosstrek and BRZ vehicles built between January 2012 and October 2013, but it does not affect vehicles with engines made after May 2013.