Subaru owners are known for their outdoor enthusiasm and can often be seen towing everything from wave-runners to snowmobiles. But next time you want to haul that Ski-Doo I’d recommend you Ski-Don’t; at least until you get your trailer hitch fixed. Subaru says some of its Outbacks have an accessory trailer hitch problem and have issued a recall – here’s a breakdown of what you need to know.
The problem: The Outback trailer hitch has eight bolts welded to the body of the vehicle. Subaru says an owner could damage the bolts when tightening the nuts because the trailer hitch wasn’t mounted properly during manufacturing.
The recalled models: Any 2015 Outback (with a trailer hitch) that was manufactured between January 22, 2014 and August 18, 2014. Only 56 vehicles in total.
Next steps: Subaru should have already sent out their recall notices asking owners to schedule an appointment. The eight mounting nuts will need to be replaced and dealers will inspect the eight bolts for any damage too.
Questions or concerns? Give Subaru a ring at 800-782-2783 and refer to recall number WQN-50.