Was it growling? We have a 2018 and we havent had any issues, we have 21k miles on it. Sounds like the part had issues from the start and just took 9k miles to show its true colors, I would not worry.
My Subaru on the other hand, talk about a company that cant seem to make wheel bearings last, every single one had to be replaced. Everyone on the forum was replacing wheel bearings
That is good as it was a very expensive repair, IIRC over $1,600 although the dealer was awesome and covered half of it! Honda does not seem to be plagued with WB issues, especially not at such low mileage. I would believe it was just a bad partStrange you say that! I have an 01 Outback as well that’s had no apparent WB issues.
The front on our CRV started making a light roaring sound about 7.5-8k miles in. It almost sounded like a tire issue at first. Had it checked out and ended up being the WB.