A power steering defect has resulted in Subaru's temporary halt of production in Japan.

Last Wednesday, the Japanese automaker announced that it has suspended production at its factory last January 16, 2019 due to defects affecting the power steering system in three vehicle models. These are the Forester, XV and the Impreza. The affected models were produced between late December 2018 and January 16, 2019.

However, Motor Image Group (MIG), the official distributor of Subaru vehicles across nine markets in Asia (including the Philippines), stated that only Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore have shipments due of these affected vehicles. In addition, MIG also said that none of the affected vehicles have arrived at their designated markets nor have they been delivered to customers.

During this interim period, as MIG continues to roll out the all-new Forester across the region, Subaru will continue to accept bookings from customers. However, due to the recent stop in production, customers may have to wait a little longer than usual before their unit arrives. Until then, MIG will wait further advice from Subaru Corporation to rectify vehicle shipments.

Vehicle production, as well as shipment will resume as early as January 28, 2019. Subaru, along with MIG, are committed to the highest safety standards and quality driving experience for all its customers.