Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ recalled because of a typo in the owner’s manual

Article by Christian A., on June 11, 2012

Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ are being recalled because of a typo in the owner’s manual, specifically the “smart” airbags in the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ. The system determines the occupants’ weight in the passenger seat and it then disables the airbags for children or small adults. It isn’t clear in the owner’s manual what the circumstances are of disabling the passenger airbag.

According to a Subaru spokesman, the recall would simply require the pasting of a new page over the old one in the owner’s manual.

This problem affects around 400 Subaru BRZ models that were already sold and 1,200 units that were about to be delivered. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration posted on its Web site that the recall involves 1,156 units of the Scion FR-S.

There have been reports that a technical service bulletin has been issued with regards to the fit-and-finish of the Scion FR-S.

Several customers said that the body panels on the new car aren’t flush. The problem is already being investigated by Scion and Toyota. According to some owners, the car’s taillights have moisture. This is another issue that the automaker is monitoring.

Scion finally revealed the full details of its rear-wheel drive compact sports car dubbed as the 2013 FR-S. With sales expected to begin June 2012, the FR-S is the first model to be part of the Scion family. Speaking about the new 2013 FR-S, Scion Vice President Jack Hollis shared that this high-performance coupe is planned to be the halo model of the brand.

While the brand has long been associated with a number of models like the new iQ, the iconic xB, and even the energetic tC, he added, the FR-S is able to move the brand to new levels when it comes to driving performance. While the FR-S is a genuine sports car, it is one that is easily affordable. For the version fitted with the manual six-speed transmission, the MSRP is $24,200 with the automatic six-speed transmission variant priced at $25,300.

The latter in particular also has paddle shifters with the Dynamic Rev Management technology. In creating the new FR-S, Hollis said, the brand wanted a sports car that, while affordable, could also be one that driving fans could truly enjoy.

The brand has indeed managed to do that, he added, and with a starting price of below $25,000, it is truly a treat for many customers. With the Scion Service Boost plus the network of consisting of at 1,000 dealers all ready to offer the no-hassle no-haggle Pure Price, continued Hollis, the FR-S is indeed a good deal.

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