In a report posted Thursday on the Web site of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Fuji Heavy Industries, the parent company of Subaru, said the owner’s manual for both models contained “an inaccurate description of the actual operation of the ‘Front Passenger Occupant Classification System.’”
Other portions of the manuals pertaining to the air-bag systems would also require revisions, the notice said. Both automakers said they would mail owners corrected pages.
Brian Lyons, a spokesman for Toyota, wrote in an e-mail that the vehicles themselves would not have to be brought to dealerships for servicing on account of what was technically a recall.
Automakers occasionally recall vehicles because information related to vehicle safety, like tire-pressure ratings, may be incorrect on a label on the vehicle. A recall for an error in the owner’s manual, however, is unusual.
The rear-wheel-drive FR-S, which is marketed as a Toyota in other markets, was co-developed with the BRZ.