If you’re lucky enough to own either a new Scion FR-S or Subaru BRZ sport coupe, here’s a heads up - both cars are being recalled, but not for a manufacturing defect or safety defect on the car itself.
Instead, early versions of the printed owners manual contain incorrect information on how the front passenger airbag system operates. While there’s no defect with the system itself, the incorrect information means that the cars fail to meet certain provisions of Federal Safety Standard 208, governing occupant protection.
Subaru has already stated that it will provide updated printed pages with the correct information until it has the opportunity to reprint the owners manual itself. It’s likely that Scion will take the same action with its announced recall.
2013 Subaru BRZ - First Drive, May 2012Enlarge Photo
It isn’t clear how many vehicles are affected in total, since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website only lists the 1,156 Scion FR-S models affected by the voluntary recall.
No date for the recall has been published on the site yet, either, so we’d suggest that owners of Scion FR-S or Subaru BRZ models with questions or concerns contact their dealer for additional information. Alternatively, the NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline can be reached at (888) 327-4236 for updates on recall campaign 12V255000.