Subaru has recalled its Tribeca large SUV this week, due to a potential problem with the bonnet.
The carmaker says the bonnet latch may not operate correctly when the bonnet is closed “due to corrosion or lubricant congealing”.
A failing bonnet latch can allow the bonnet to open while driving, potentially blocking the forward view of the occupants and causing a collision. However, no such incidents have been reported in Australia.
Tribecas built between 2007 and 2014 are targeted in the recall, with a total of 9208 vehicles affected in Australia.
The recall program will include a clean and lubrication for the bonnet latch but should the latching mechanism be seized beyond repair, it will be replaced with a new latching mechanism of the same design.
Subaru said "a redesigned countermeasure bonnet safety system and lock, currently in development, will subsequently be made available later in the year".
The Tribeca has a chequered history sales-wise. The SUV seemed to deliver the ‘right’ formula with its three-row seating arrangement in a large SUV body but, for whatever reason, buyers preferred other models.
The Japanese carmaker has never given up on the idea of reviving or reinventing a seven-seat large SUV for its fleet, and the latest reports suggest a new version (perhaps with a new name) could arrive in 2018.
Subaru will attempt to contact affected owners shortly, but any owner wishing to learn more about the latest round of recalls should contact their local dealer.