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2021 Subaru Outback stop delivery safety recall – full details | Auto Expert John Cadogan

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Full details: Subaru formal recall for the 2021 Outback & ‘stop delivery’ order information for pending owners.

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Subaru will recall 1982 new Outbacks currently in traffic because the autonomous emergency braking system might activate in the absence of an actual threat. Obviously, it’s not ideal for the car to behave in this way, and it could easily do more harm than good – when there’s no threat.

This recall is not yet live on the official Federal Government recalls website at produstsafety.gov.au – you’re hearing about it here first.

Subaru says:

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

So, I’d suggest that the EyeSight camera is actually fine, because it’s just a piece of hardware, and all it does is turn photons into ones and zeroes. It’s the interpretive software that’s the problem – misdiagnosing ‘benign reality’ as ‘malignant reality’ in some weird confluence of circumstances the programmers had not anticipated in R&D.

Subaru says:

“The likelihood of these symptoms occurring is low.”

So, let us all be untying our knickers, shall we? Despite what the mainstream media might subsequently report on this. It’s not the Four Horsemen, the sea as blood, Freddy Kruger knocking at the door, Scott Morrison as Prime Minister, or dogs and cats living together.

It’s a low-probbility problem.

“The recall Rectification Procedure consists of updating Pre-Collision Braking system software.”

Subaru says it will take about two hours to do that, per car, at the dealership, and it’ll get done free of charge, and they’ll contact every owner individually – or you can go to productsafety.gov.au for details once the ACCC emerges from hypersleep and pushes the recall live.

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