The Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S have just touched down in the States but they have already received their first recall.
Scion has already posted a filing on the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHTSA), where the Japanese firm says that the recall is about the 2013 FR-S' owner's manual and that 1,156 cars are affected, but has yet to provide further details on the matter.
Subaru, on the other hand, has not yet forwarded a recall note on NHTSA's website, but an FT86 Club forum member posted the company’s official release, which you can check out for yourself right past the break.
"Subaru of America, Inc. has initiated a voluntary Safety Recall to replace the vehicle Owner’s Manual for 2013 Subaru BRZ models in dealer inventory and those sold on or before June 4, 2012.
Subaru has determined that the first edition of the 2013 BRZ Owner’s Manual does not meet certain requirements of Federal Safety Standard 208, "Occupant Crash Protection". These manuals were published with an inaccurate description of how the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) front passenger airbag operates.
Specifically, we are referring to certain information contained in the section entitled "Front Passenger Occupant Classification" and found on pages 123 & 124 of the manual. The tables in this section inaccurately identify the status of the front passenger’s frontal airbag ON and OFF indicators when the front passenger seat is occupied/unoccupied. Although the SRS airbags will operate as intended, the inaccurate information provided in the manual could lead to a misunderstanding of the system’s actual operation.
In addition, other portions of the Owner’s Manual describing the airbag system require clarification.
Subaru recently informed dealers and distribution ports that the original 2013MY BRZ Owner’s Manual did not accurately describe some information. At that time, updated pages were provided electronically with instructions that the update be printed and placed in the BRZ Owner Information Kit (OIK) for all vehicles in dealer inventory. Distribution ports also began placing the update in OIKs for all vehicles being shipped to dealers.
Subsequently, dealers and ports were sent replacement Owner’s Manuals via overnight delivery. Included with the replacement manuals were instructions on how to identify the first edition and the need to replace it along with removing the previously inserted updated pages.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO
For all affected vehicles with a port ship date of June 4, 2012 and prior, dealers are requested to confirm that all 2013 BRZ OIKs in their inventory contain the updated Owner’s Manual. To accomplish this, please review the information printed on the rear cover of the manual. If it has an issue date earlier than May 2012 and an MSA number with suffix "A" (MSA5M1316A), it should be properly discarded and replaced with the revised version containing the suffix "B".