If you or someone you know owns a 2019 Subaru Legacy and are currently needing repair in New York, there are specific repair procedures Subaru requires for repairing any of their vehicles. Unfortunately, not every auto body shop in New York choose to follow these guidelines, and as a result, your safety is at risk. We at Mid Island Collision know how important these are to your safety, which is why we are here to let you know why Subaru requires either partial or full-part replacement on just about anywhere your car gets hit. Let alone the specific requirements for a 2019 Legacy.
You might be wondering just how necessary are these repair procedures if you’re only involved in a minor fender bender. The answer is extremely, especially since modern-day vehicles like the 2019 Legacy come with advanced safety technology in multiple areas of the car that can have substantial damage, and you wouldn’t even know. Most body shops won’t take the additional step to look up the guidelines released by the manufacturer, but if you want your vehicle to be protecting you the way it was designed to, then these repair procedures are the only way to go.
If you get an estimate back from a New York body shop and it doesn’t have the following procedures on it, then that shop is potentially putting your safety at risk.
Calibration requirements for Subaru:
One of the most important reasons why Subaru, along with every other car manufacturer, has different repair guidelines is to make sure everything is working the way it was designed after receiving repair. Otherwise, there’s no saying just how well your car would be able to protect you or if anything would be working properly, even if the car looks “fixed.” We all know looks can be deceiving.
To properly repair the various sensors on your Subaru Legacy, a technician will have to perform a calibration. According to AAA, “an ADAS calibration is a process carried out to correctly align the cameras and sensors of a car so its ADAS systems can work as intended.” Calibration requires specialized equipment and tools performed by highly trained technicians capable of adjusting or setting these systems.
On a Subaru, the ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) systems are known as EyeSight. Because the 2019 Subaru Outback has several different sensors placed throughout the car, calibration is a requirement to make sure everything is working the way it should. If you don’t see calibration on your repair estimate, then your safety is at risk.
Below are the different sensors located on the 2019 Outback:
Two camera sensors located on the rearview mirror, part of Subaru’s EyeSight system. This system is designed for adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, pre-collision braking, and throttle management.
Since these two camera sensors are attached to the windshield, the cameras will require calibration if the windshield is removed or replaced.
Parking-assist sensors might be located in the rear bumper, part of Subaru’s reverse automatic braking system.
The blind-spot detection sensors might also be located in the corners of the bumper, with indicator lights in the side mirrors.
If any of these sensors or the bumper is removed, the sensors will need to be calibrated.
Inside the trunk lid is the backup camera, which will require an aiming (alignment) procedure if it’s removed.
Additional reasons why following Subaru repair procedures are required:
Your vehicle’s structure is composed of a body of different pillars. These are the vertical supports on a vehicle, critical for holding the glass in place and make up the overall structural integrity of any car, including the roof. Subaru has specific requirements depending on where a technician is cutting, welding, replacing, or sectioning. They need to look up the repair procedures because certain areas on the Legacy, like the outer B-pillar, have a partial part replacement procedure. However, the inner B-pillar and the B-pillar reinforcement require a full part replacement. The B pillar is the part of the car that the front door latches into and rear doors are mounted onto if it is a 4 door. It is a structural component.
You might be wondering what any of this means? It means that on the outside of the b-pillar, it is ok for us to cut the damaged section out, and weld a replacement panel in. However, if the damage to the B-pillar includes the inner B pillar, then the whole B pillar will have to be replaced.
Post-repair requirements for Subaru:
Subaru also created what’s known as a “Post Repair Safety Inspection” for repairers to ensure nothing gets missed and everything is working correctly. Even if the airbags didn’t deploy or you were in a minor fender bender, the steering column must be removed and inspected and is a required part of this particular safety inspection.
Now, let’s say you were in a minor fender bender. There might be additional damage to your car that isn’t visible without further inspection. But if it’s something like a camera sensor knocked out of alignment, this can create significant problems in your vehicle. A camera sensor that’s off by a mere degree can mean total failure in the ADAS systems.
This is just one of the most critical reasons why Subaru stressed that whatever needs to be repaired, replaced, or the size of the damage, “ALL repairs must undergo the Post Repair Safety Inspection.”
Where you take your car to be repaired matters:
One of the biggest reasons why we are telling you this is because New York doesn’t make it a legal requirement for repair technicians to have a license to work on your vehicle. This means they can ignore the Post Repair Safety Inspection and calibration requirements for your Subaru, giving you a repair that is nowhere what you need. Let alone what you deserve out of a body shop.
Why trust us with your Subaru repair needs:
Here at Mid Island Collision Center, we have seen too many times where drivers have been victims of lousy collision repair. They know we are the body shop they can trust because we refuse to repair cars any other way but the OEM way. Taking the additional step to look up what Subaru says (or any manufacturer for that matter) is what will ultimately mean the difference between a safe, quality repair and a temporary band-aid level solution. Any technician who promises they can fix your vehicle solely out of their experience and not by doing exactly as the manufacturer instructs will only put you in greater danger of getting hurt in another accident.
As a result, we are Long Island’s number one choice for collision repair because your safety is our number one priority. We feel quite confident we’d be able to provide you with the excellence in customer service and high quality that you deserve. If you’d like to schedule an estimate or to get a free online quote, click here to get started. Or, feel free to give us a call at anytime at (516)-766-0101.
We look forward to hearing from you!