Subaru says it’s suspending shipment of some models due to engine sensor malfunction

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The Subaru logo is seen at the New York Auto Show in the Manhattan borough of New York, New York, U.S., March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan Mcdermid

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TOKYO, April 15 (Reuters) – Japan’s Subaru Corp (7270.T) has suspended delivery of some of its three main car models due to an engine sensor malfunction and also plans to temporarily halt production of these models, the company announced on Friday.

The automaker discovered the problem with the sensor in the CB18 engine used in its Forester, Outback and Levorg models, a spokesperson said, adding that production of models with this engine would be discontinued in due course, without giving further details. .

About 54,000 motor cars have been sold in Japan since October 2020 and are for the market only, the spokesperson said, declining to comment on the number of cars affected by the suspension of shipments.

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Subaru has not decided whether or not to recall the cars and it would likely take 2.5 months before shipping resumes, the spokesperson said. The company will continue to produce and ship models that do not use the CB18 engine, the spokesperson said.

The sensor malfunction causes the engine to not start and a warning signal to flash on the dashboard, the spokesperson said.

Subaru shares fell 3% in morning trading in Tokyo after being flooded with sell orders at the open.

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Reporting by Satoshi Sugiyama; Editing by David Dolan & Shri Navaratnam

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