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Subaru Recalls 633,000 Cars!

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On: Thu, Jan 10, 2013 at 5:12PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Subaru Recalls 633,000 Cars!

Subaru has issued a massive recall of 633,842 vehicles spanning six years and four of their well-known models. Certain Tribeca models from 2006 through 2012, as well Legacy and Outback from 2010 through 2012, and Forester models from 2009 through 2012 have all been recalled due to faulty puddle lights located under the doors of the vehicles. Subaru says that up to 53,999 of these vehicles could have been equipped with these lights, which are susceptible to a short circuit if they are exposed to certain road conditions (such as salt and water resulting from wintery conditions). A short circuit in these conditions could result in the plastic panels these lights are mounted in to melt or even catch fire.

Subaru said it will contact owners to begin bringing cars in next month for a free fix.  Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783. Read on for the full report.

Vehicle Make / Model:Model Year(s):
Subaru / Forester2009-2012
Subaru / Legacy2010-2011
Subaru / Outback2010-2011
Subaru / Tribeca2006-2012
Manufacturer:Subaru of America, Inc.
Mfr's Report Date:Dec 26, 2012
NHTSA Campaign ID Number:12V602000
NHTSA Action Number:N/A
Component:Exterior Lighting
Potential Number of Units Affected:633,842


Subaru is recalling certain model year 2010 and 2011 Legacy and Outback vehicles, certain model year 2006 through 2012 Tribeca vehicles sold before January 2012, and certain model year 2009 through 2012 Forester vehicles sold before January 2012. Up to 53,999 of these vehicles may have been equipped with accessory puddle lights that, when illuminated, brighten the area under the doors of the vehicle. A short circuit can develop when either the puddle light or connector are exposed to an electrolytic moisture source (such as road spray that has road salt in it) and it penetrates the circuit board of the puddle light or the pins of the puddle light connector(s).


Over time, migration of the moisture into the circuit board and/or into the connector cavity, may result in a short circuit of the puddle light system. This may generate heat which may melt the plastic resulting in smoke or fire.


Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will install an additional fused-harness, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during February 2013. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783 for more information.


Subaru's recall campaign number is WQE-41. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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