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Have a new 2019 Forester Premium in process of being shipped to Texas. Expect to take delivery around middle of Feb 2019. We received ship notification email on same day that Subaru announced shutdown of its Japan factory due to power steering defect. The power steering defect affects Foresters & Crosstreks build between late December and January 16th. Subaru corporate says that they will not sell any such car until the defect is fixed. Does anyone know what part of the Power Steering needs to be replaced? Is it an easy or difficult fix?
 

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and I am also in TX - East of Dallas
my Forester(s) Touring and Sport was ordered on December 1 with Late Feb Delivery
got VIN on Jan 11 with ETA 2/14/2018
cars in transit on Jan 18th with ETA 2/11/2018

both got updated to Feb 7 and and end up coming in one on Jan 28 and 2nd one on Jan29th
 

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The manufacturer also states that the problem parts were only installed on Japanese domestic cars, and that models exported to the U.S. and other foreign markets should be free of any issues. Since identifying the defect, Subaru has sourced updated power steering units to be installed on cars produced just before the shutdown. The Gunma factory is now being used to repair the possibly defective vehicles, and has also resumed production on other non-affected models.
 

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Subaru Plant Shutdown - Sources

please provide source of information ??
I heard it on the radio, and it is all over the internet. Just some of the many examples:
www dot torquenews dot com/1084/subaru-shuts-down-forester-crosstrek-impreza-production-defect-news-how-it-effects-customers
www dot usatoday dot com/story/money/cars/2019/01/23/subaru-defect-manufacturing-shortage/2655664002/
 

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I heard it on the radio, and it is all over the internet.
i already googled it ... including Subaru states that the problem parts were only installed on Japanese domestic cars and not US ...

Make sense as it is different power steering assembly to start with ...
 

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i already googled it ... including Subaru states that the problem parts were only installed on Japanese domestic cars and not US ...
Make sense as it is different power steering assembly to start with ...
Ah...Subaru Dealership called, and my Forester arrived yesterday (much earlier than expected). So we took delivery today. The sales person echoed what you said, in that they checked and the power steering problem has not been reported for US delivered cars. Thanks, denissh!
 
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