WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Subaru is recalling 5,130 2008-'09 Tribeca vehicles because the vehicle dynamic control G sensor may have been installed backward, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"If the sensor was improperly installed, vehicle handling characteristics during hard braking, sudden turns or other quick maneuvers could cause the vehicle to react in an unexpected manner or result in unstable handling," NHTSA said. "Under extreme conditions, the driver could lose control of the vehicle, and a crash could occur."

There are no known reports of any crashes or injuries in the U.S. arising from this defect, according to Subaru.

"However, a report was received in the U.S. in September 2008 that upon moderate acceleration, the vehicle involved experienced a loss of power," Subaru reported. "Upon further investigation of this claim, it was found that the VDG G sensor was improperly installed."

Dealers will check the position of the sensor at issue. If it is correctly installed, no further action is necessary. If it is installed improperly, it will be reinstalled in the correct position. The recall will begin on Dec. 19.

Owners can contact Subaru at (800) 782-2783.