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Subaru Recalls Nearly 200,000 Cars!

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On: Fri, Sep 16, 2011 at 9:20AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Subaru Recalls Nearly 200,000 Cars!

Although this recall may not seem to pose as dire consequences as some others in recent memory, the fact that Subaru is recalling 195,080 Legacy and Outback models produced in 2010 and 2011 means that the company must have run some figures and realized that the recall is, in fact, cheaper than the potential consequences of not issuing one. It seems that the bottom cover of the wiper motor of these cars is prone to heating up and, potentially, catching fire. Sounds like a great way to turn a rainstorm into a... Uh... firestorm, yeah. Keep reading for all of the recall details.

Vehicle Make / Model:

Subaru / Legacy

Subaru / Outback

Model Year(s):



Subaru of America, INC.

Mfr's Report Date:

Sep 06, 2011

NHTSA Campaign ID Number:


NHTSA Action Number:



Visibility: Windshield Wiper/Washer: Motor

Potential Number of Units Affected:



Subaru is recalling certain model year 2010-2011 Outback and Legacy vehicles manufactured from January 7, 2010, through May 20, 2011. Components inside the wiper motor bottom cover may overheat.


If the components overheat, the wiper motor bottom cover may melt and potentially catch fire.


Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front wiper motor bottom cover assembly free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during November 2011. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783.


Subaru's safety recall number is WVV-32. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov.

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