They have only been on sale for a few weeks, and yet the 2013 Scion FR-S and 2013 Subaru BRZ sports coupes already are subject to a recall. Compared to some, however, this recall is relatively minor as it only concerns a misprint in the owner’s manual.
The typo apparently concerns instructions over the “smart” airbags in the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ. The system is meant to measure the weight of occupants in the passenger seat and disable the airbags for children or small adults. The owner’s manual doesn’t make it clear in what circumstances the passenger airbag would be disabled.
A Subaru spokesman confirmed by email that the recall action simply involves pasting a new page over the old one in the owner’s manual. He said the problem affects about 400 examples of the Subaru BRZ that have already been sold, and another 1200 that are ready to be delivered.
A posting on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s recalls database reveals that the issue affects 1156 examples of the Scion FR-S.
Reports also have surfaced that Scion has issued a technical service bulletin regarding the fit-and-finish of the Scion FR-S. Some customers have reported that body panels on the new car aren’t flush; Scion and Toyota are said to be looking into the problem. Other owners have reported that moisture has leaked inside the car’s taillights; the automaker is keeping track of vehicles that have this problem.