Subaru of America is recalling 2002-2003 Impreza WRX sedan and wagon models originally sold in or currently registered in 16 cold weather states.
Subaru says the problem involves seepage of fuel around connections between a metal line and a rubber hose located beneath the intake manifold in the engine compartment. This seepage occurs during cold starts, typically under extremely cold temperatures. Customers complain of a fuel odor.
No fires, crashes, injuries or deaths attributed to this defect have been reported. Based on its investigations, Subaru has concluded that the affected vehicles do not contain a safety related defect.
An engineering analysis by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration remains open.
Vehicles originally sold in or currently registered in the states of South Dakota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Minnesota, Idaho, Iowa, Montana, Colorado, Wisconsin, New York, Wyoming, Michigan, Alaska, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine are affected.