The Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ, the combined project by Subaru and Toyota, has barely been available one month and is already being recalled. There is not a mechanical or architectural problem, but rather there is a misprint in the owner's manual.
Not just inexpensive
The car makers from Japan are very successful in the U.S. for producing reliable vehicles that American car makers have not been able to compete with. On top of that, the vehicles are cheap. The very best part about them is that they are fun to drive and sporty. The Datsun, turned into the Nissan Motors Z series later, and the Toyota Supra Celica is just a couple of the cars that have been very successful. Businesses such as Subaru, Mazda, Honda, Nissan Motors and Toyota all produce these inexpensive, cheery automobiles.
Today’s vehicles are still very successful, such as the Nissan Motors 340Z and Subaru WRX. The Mazda Motors MX-5 Miata two-seater is the best-selling of its kind.
That is why a number of people were looking forward to the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ, the joint project by Toyota and Subaru. It went on sale recently, but is going through some growing pains as the vehicle, according to the New York Times, is already topic to a recall.
Keep manuals around
There was a mistake made in the owner’s manual. Luckily, that is the only issue instead of there being some sort of severe mechanical defect. You do not need to go get the issue fixed at a dealership, according to Inside Line.
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The problem is with a “description of the operation of the “Front Passenger Occupant Classification System,” according to the New York Times, found in the owner's manual. In other words, there is an inaccurate description of the front passenger airbag system, according to Inside Line, which weighs the passenger in the seat. The manual, which is written by Subaru for use in all vehicles, doesn't differentiate fully between a child and a small female, which is required wording by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
However, aside from a wording issue, there isn't really a technical issue with the car and no accidents were reported. There are 1,156 Scion FR-S and 1,886 Subaru BRZ units impacted by the recall, according to the New York Times. Subaru will simply mail owners corrected guides.
One mechanical problem may exist
Dealers got a technical service bulletin from Toyota for anyone that sells or services Scions about an issue with a rear tail light, and there was a second bulletin issued saying there might be body panel fitting difficulties. There was at least one complaint from an owner on the official FR-S/BRZ owners’ group saying that he had condensation building up in a tail light. These rumors suggest there might be at least one car defect, according to AutoGuide.
A lot of people assume their car will work and fit properly when they spend over $25,000 on an automobile, although neither of the difficulties is dangerous.