Subaru Recalls Nearly 300,000 Cars That Could Lose Power

The ubiquitous mountain town brand today recalled a part affecting close to 300,000 cars.

Subaru’s latest recall should make car owners wary: The recall regards the PCV valve, which, if faulty, could break, separate, and “allow engine oil to enter the combustion chamber,” according to Subaru.

The issue could also cause the affected Subaru models to lose power while driving, resulting in a crash or worse.

The recall affects multiple Subaru Crosstreks, Imprezas, Foresters, Ascents, and Crosstrek Hybrids manufactured between 2017 and 2019.

Subaru Cars Recall

For the 2017-2018 Impreza and Crosstrek, the recall number is 19V744. For all other vehicles, the recall number is 19V856. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) filed a recall on some vehicles as early as October. And a week ago, Australia also recalled a small lot of 2019 Subaru Foresters for the same issue.

What to Do

Subaru already notified Crosstrek and Impreza owners of the recall by mail, but you can always check your Subaru vehicle for recalls online here or with the NHTSA. According to Consumer Reports, the automaker will reach out to owners of the other affected vehicles starting on January 24, 2020.

Check your vehicle for a recall. Subaru owners can also call customer service at 1-844-373-6614 to schedule a recall repair appointment. Dealers will replace the faulty PCV valve part and hose, as well as anything damaged by the recall condition — up to the entire engine — at no cost.

The repair on the PCV valve, hose, and system could take as little as 15 minutes or up to 13 hours if the parts have already separated.

Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and serves as the leader of Lola Digital Media’s DEI Committee.

She has been writing about hiking, running, climbing, camping, skiing, and more for seven years, and has been on staff at GearJunkie since 2019. Prior to that, Mary wrote for 5280 Magazine in Denver while working as an outdoor instructor teaching climbing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and mountain biking at Avid4Adventure. Based in Denver, Colorado, Murphy is an avid hiker, runner, backpacker, skier, yogi, and pack-paddleboarder.