Subaru is recalling the 2010 Tribeca due to an issue with the door latches.
The latch cables in the front doors were improperly positioned during production on affected cars. The result is that a cable can catch in the door glass regulator when a window is opened or closed. If that happens, it will unlatch door, and the door could open unexpectedly when raising or lowering the window. This could also cause the latch to not operate at all, locking occupants in the vehicle.
1585 units are affected. To fix this, Subaru dealerships will reposition and secure the latch cables in the front doors free of charge. The recall began March 19th. If you own an affected car, I recommend not using the windows until the cables are fixed.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 10V-108 Mfg’s Report Date: March 17, 2010
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,585
SUBARU HAS NOTIFIED NHTSA ABOUT A DEFECT IN CERTAIN MODEL
YEAR 2010 TRIBECA PASSENGER CARS MANUFACTURED FROM
SEPTEMBER 4, 2009 THROUGH MARCH 8, 2010. THE DOOR LATCH CABLES
LOCATED INSIDE THE VEHICLE’S DRIVER AND FRONT PASSENGER DOORS
WERE IMPROPERLY POSITIONED DURING PRODUCTION. AS A RESULT, A
CABLE CAN CATCH IN THE DOOR GLASS REGULATOR WHEN A WINDOW IS
OPENED OR CLOSED. SHOULD THAT OCCUR, IT MAY UNLATCH THE DOOR,
CAUSING IT TO COME OPEN UNEXPECTEDLY WHEN RAISING OR
LOWERING THE WINDOW.
IF A DOOR WERE TO UNLATCH, IT COULD OPEN SUDDENLY AND WITHOUT
WARNING, CREATING A RISK THAT AN OCCUPANT COULD BE EJECTED AS
WELL AS A RISK THAT THE DRIVER MAY BECOME DISTRACTED, LEADING
TO A CRASH. THIS CONDITION MAY ALSO RESULT IN THE FAILURE OF A
DOOR LATCH TO OPERATE, IN WHICH CASE OCCUPANTS WOULD BE
UNABLE TO OPEN THE DOOR TO EXIT THE VEHICLE.
SUBARU WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS AND WILL REPAIR THE
VEHICLES BY REPOSITIONING AND SECURING THE LATCH CABLE IN BOTH
FRONT DOORS FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO
BEGIN ON OR ABOUT MARCH 19, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SABARU
TOLL-FREE AT 1-800-SUBARU3 (1-800-782-2783) MONDAY TRHOUGH FRIDAY
BETWEEN 8:30 AM AND 7:00 PM EST AND FRIDAY BETWEEN 10:30 AM AND
5:00 PM EST.
SUBARU’S RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS WVO-25. OWNERS MAY
CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S
VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO