Subaru company resumed production of carsJanuary 28, 2019
Engineers have found the cause of the defect in the electric power steering
The plant of Subaru in Gunma Prefecture, stopped on January 16, resumed work. The reason for the downtime was the detection of a defect in the electric power steering. Now the reason is eliminated.
A week after the detection of the defect, some time was spent on the manufacture and delivery of modified amplifiers. On the morning of January 28, the plant was resumed.
The defect could affect three platform models: sedans and hatchbacks Impreza, crossovers XV and Forester. It is expressed in the complete disconnection of the electric power steering – at the same time the steering wheel becomes heavy, and a malfunction icon lights up in the instrument panel.
Because of the shutdown of the production lines, other models – Legacy, Outback, Levorg and WRX, which are assembled at the same factory, were not produced.
Theoretically, cars with faulty amplifiers could be assembled between the end of December 2018 and January 16, 2019. In this case, from December 29 to January 6, the plant was stopped for the holidays. That is, the production of potentially defective cars lasted about two weeks.
Subaru experts have already figured out that potentially defective cars could not get outside of Japan, as they were intended for the home market. It has already been decided that the cars that could get defective electrical amplifiers will not be delivered to customers (it is not clear whether it means that these cars will be destroyed or sent for repair before being delivered to the owners).
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