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To: Purchasers of Subaru Original Equipment Service Motor Oil Filters for certain Four Cylinder
Engine Applications

THIS NOTICE IS GIVEN IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF
THE NATIONAL TRAFFIC AND MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY ACT. FRAM Group
Operations, LLC ("Fram Group") has decided that a defect exists which relates to motor vehicle
safety in certain Subaru replacement oil filters. Specifically, this Notice applies to motor oil filters
which meet each of the following criteria: a) Subaru Original Service motor oil filter model
15208AA12A used on certain Subaru four cylinder engines; b) purchased for purposes of either selfinstallation or installation by individuals or service centers not affiliated with Subaru of America
(these purposes are referred to as "Self-Installation); and c) manufactured on one of twenty three
dates, indicated by a date code. DO NOT INSTALL THESE FILTERS BECAUSE THEY MAY
LEAK AND POSE A RISK OF FIRE OR ENGINE DAMAGE. In this Notice, motor oil filters
meeting all three criteria are referred to as the "Affected Motor Oil Filters." In Section D below, we
will describe how to identify the model number and the relevant date code.

IMPORTANT: FRAM GROUP IS RECALLING UNINSTALLED AFFECTED MOTOR
OIL FILTERS PURCHASED OVER THE COUNTER FOR SELF-INSTALLATION OR
RESALE. PLEASE EXCHANGE UNINSTALLED AFFECTED MOTOR OIL FILTERS AT
YOUR NEAREST SUBARU DEALERSHIP AT NO CHARGE.

A. Why is a Recall Being Conducted?
Fram Group identified a manufacturing process control issue resulting in a small number of
motor oil filters manufactured on certain dates that were produced in a manner which does not allow
the filter to fully contact with the engine block. In those instances, the gasket will either immediately
fail or fail within 300 miles of operation. A gasket failure results in rapid loss of motor oil. Since the
oil filter in your vehicle is in close proximity to the hot parts of the vehicle exhaust system, when
motor oil contacts the exhaust system, the motor oil can cause smoking and possibly an engine
compartment fire. Rapid oil loss may also cause engine damage.
B. What are we doing about the problem?
Fram Group is recalling all uninstalled inventory of Affected Motor Oil Filters to prevent
them from being installed in vehicles. Fram Group has already recovered Affected Motor Oil Filters
from Subaru Dealerships.
C. What You Should Do.
You should not install Affected Motor Oil Filters on your vehicle. Please return Affected
Motor Oil Filters to your nearest Subaru Dealership for exchange at no charge.



Edited by Rand (Today at 01:59 PM)
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how old is this?
 

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Meh.
I has wagons.
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didn't this happen years ago with a Mobil or other filter leaking at the crimps?

maybe I'm confused.

they should just stay with Roki.
 

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Is there a way to tell the difference? They gave me the short blue one last time (4mo's ago) so I then asked for the tall black one for my H-6.

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supposedly, Wix has filters now with the proper valve setting for soobs.

this might be a good thread to post those part numbers.

anyone?
 

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Is there a way to tell the difference? They gave me the short blue one last time (4mo's ago) so I then asked for the tall black one for my H-6.
It's the short blue ones - there is a date code written on the side of the filter - here's the excerpt from the letters explaining which ones are impacted and which ones are not.

FYJJJS
F is the facility where the filter was made
Y is the last digit of the Year
JJJ is the Julian Date
S is shift (1, 2, or 3)
Example = A22713
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Any Date Code starting with A2

290x (where the Julian date is 290 or LOWER and x is any shift- with or without a white paint dot present).

So basically, any filter made in 2012 where the Julian date is 290 or less. (so A2xxxy where xxx is 290 or lower)
 

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[email protected] was going to change my oil this week as I am due for an oil change. I have a filter that I purchased last year, bulk purchase, from subaruonline parts. I guess when the snow stops (we have had over a foot in the last 24) I will have to go out to the car and check the extra filter I have in the back.

Why are we always the last ones to find this stuff out??
 

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the correct ones for 2013 4 cylinder outback are 15208AA15A this is the same one that is currently installed on my '13 outback
 

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I just received my warranty replacements from an online purchase I made of 7x 15208AA15A's. For some reason they sent me 7x 15208AA160's - the Tokyo Roki Made in Japan filters for the Forester/Impreza FB's.

I am just going to keep them and use them when my warranty is up. They are way better looking/feeling - as if that were a true measure of quality.
 

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Some of those may not leak ... so, I would not worry about it, as long as they don't leak... as described, the fault wasn't anything inside the filter but rather the thread... if it ain't broken, don't fix it ... an old golden rule...LOL
 

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supposedly, Wix has filters now with the proper valve setting for soobs.

this might be a good thread to post those part numbers.

anyone?
I went on the Wix website and they have numerous parts numbers for 2014 H4 engines. One of the filters descriptions did say the bypass valve was set at 23 psi. I wonder if you used this and something happened to the engine if SOA would stand behind the warranty though since it is not an actual Subaru filter.
 

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I went on the Wix website and they have numerous parts numbers for 2014 H4 engines. One of the filters descriptions did say the bypass valve was set at 23 psi. I wonder if you used this and something happened to the engine if SOA would stand behind the warranty though since it is not an actual Subaru filter.
The burden of proof is on them to show that your work/parts led to the issue. Of course, it doesn't mean there may not be an argument about it, but I think it would be rare for reasonable people making reasonable attempts to follow the maintenance schedule with proper fluids and parts to run into any problems.

That valve is not going to be activated except in a very poorly maintained car anyway.
 
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