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2021 Subaru Outback stop-sale problem identified

Wondering why deliveries of the Subaru Outback have been on hold? The company has confirmed it's down to a problem with the pre-collision warning.

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Subaru has lodged a recall to fix the pre-collision braking system on the 2021 Outback, and explained why dealers have been told to stop delivering cars to customers.

Subaru dealers were told on March 22 to stop delivering the latest Outback wagon to customers, as the company worked with head office in Japan to resolve a then- undisclosed problem.

The company has now confirmed 1982 cars will be recalled to fix a problem with the pre-collision warning system.

“In some cases, the stereo camera may mis-recognise roadside objects and/or miscalculate the travelling direction of an oncoming vehicle, unexpectedly activating pre-collision braking,” a Subaru Australia spokesperson said.

“The likelihood of these symptoms occurring is low.”

A fix for the problem will take two hours. Owners of the affected cars will be contacted by Subaru Australia to organise a free fix with their nearest dealer.

The 2021 Subaru Outback launched in February, and order books remain open.

Pricing kicks off at $39,990 before on-road costs and extends to $47,790 before on-roads.

Power comes from a naturally-aspirated 2.5-litre four-cylinder boxer engine producing 138kW of power and 245Nm of torque, mated to a continuously-variable transmission and all-wheel drive.

Three trim levels are available, but Australia currently misses out on the 2.4-litre turbocharged engine offered abroad.

This recall is unrelated to the brake booster problem announced earlier today.

MORE: Subaru Outback news and reviews

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Scott Collie
Scott Collie

Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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