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Fram Recalling Certain Subaru Filters

Lake Forest, IL-based Fram Group Operations last month issued a safety-related defect notice in connection with the Model 15208AA12A motor oil filter (the 12A model), which Fram Filtration manufactures exclusively for Subaru for distribution at Subaru dealerships.

The 12A model is designed for use with Legacy, Outback, Forester and Impreza model vehicles with certain 4-cylinder engines where the motor filter is located beneath the engine. This notice only relates to un-installed filters sold over the counter at Subaru dealerships or sellers of authentic Subaru service parts between July 1, 2012 and Dec. 15, 2012 and which match certain date codes in question. The notice does not apply to 12A filters installed at the dealership.

Fram is recalling all uninstalled 12A filters that were manufactured over a period of 23 days in 2012 and were sold over the counter at Subaru dealerships to customers for self-installation or sold wholesale for resale to non-Subaru affiliated car maintenance operations.

The company states that a small percentage of these filters were manufactured out of specification – likely less than 356 total filters were available for distribution – and some portion of these filters may not properly seal against the engine block, causing the gasket to immediately fail or fail within 300 miles of operation. Gasket failure causes the vehicle to rapidly lose oil, which may cause a fire or engine damage.

Owners may exchange filters with matching date codes, at no charge, at any Subaru dealership. For more information and the full text of the notice, go to

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