In May 2018, a federal regulation went into effect, mandating that all new vehicles must be equipped with backup cameras and video displays.

These cameras ensure that drivers can see behind them as they back up, helping to protect all types of road users, including children, pedestrians, and bicyclists. One that is inoperable or malfunctioning poses a very real safety risk.

If you own a Subaru, there are a few reasons why yours could be on the brink. Today, we’re sharing a few of the most common Subaru backup camera problems, and what you can do about them.

1. Software Issues

In February 2019, Subaru recalled more than 71,000 vehicles after discovering that there was a software glitch in the auto display. The glitch prevented the display from initializing, which kept the backup camera display blank.

The recall affected certain vehicles in the following 2018 Subaru models:

  • Legacy
  • Outback
  • BRZ

Subaru informed vehicle owners that their local dealership could update the software at no charge. If you’ve noticed that your backup camera is experiencing issues, then check to see if your vehicle was included in this recall.

2. Blown Fuse

Though software errors are the most common culprits behind Subaru backup camera problems, hardware issues can also occur. For instance, the fuse can blow, which would render the entire unit inoperable until remediation.

Check your owner’s manual to determine exactly where your fuse box is located. While you might be able to replace this fuse yourself, it’s best to leave the task to your mechanic to avoid causing additional problems with the device.

3. Frayed or Disconnected Wires

There may also be an issue with the wires required to operate your Subaru car camera. Over time, these wires can become worn out and frayed. In extreme cases, excessive wear could cause them to disconnect from your camera altogether.

If your wires are frayed, you might notice your backup camera display blinking on and off. Or, it could simply display black and white static when you start backing up. These are all signs of a faulty connection.

Again, check your fuse box to make sure everything is connected. Then, trace the path of the wires and cables from the camera to the display near your dashboard. If anything appears compromised, contact your mechanic or dealership for a repair.

4. Improper Connection

Everything appears fine with your cables and wires, your camera still isn’t working. What’s going on? In that case, there could be a problem with the display itself. If you can adjust the level of power being sent to the display, make sure it’s maximized.

Then, check the monitor for any signs of external damage. It’s also worth checking to make sure that the monitor is plugged into the video feed and not your car’s auxiliary cable.

Is Your Subaru Backup Camera Broken?

Did you recently purchase a Subaru, only to find that it was defective directly from the manufacturer? Lemon laws are in place in each state to protect drivers from getting saddled with vehicles that need constant repairs due to ongoing issues.

You might first notice issues with your Subaru backup camera, only to find that there’s something else wrong the next week and the week after that. Our attorneys can help you fight for your rights and provide you with the legal assistance you need. Contact us today to learn more.