Subaru Recall 2013: Subaru recalls over 630,000 vehicles due to fire risk

By on Jan 4, 2013 in Automobile, United States Comments

Subaru America recently announced a voluntarily recall involving more than 630,000 vehicles, after learning that their puddle lights may increase fire risk. This Subaru Recall 2013, being the first reported recall this year, has been coordinated with the office of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

2012 Subaru Forester SUV

2012 Subaru Forester SUV
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According to a press release by the NHTSA on its official website this Thursday, January 3, 2013, Subaru is recalling certain model year 2010 and 2011 Legacy sedan and Outback wagons, and certain model year 2006 through 2012 Tribeca SUVs and certain model year 2009 through 2012 Forester SUVs.

As noted in the report, all of the recalled vehicles, which totaled to approximately 633,842, were sold in the US before January 2012. Subaru emphasized that only around 53,999 of them may have been equipped with puddle lights accessories, which brighten the area under the doors of the vehicle when illuminated.

However, an electrolytic moisture source, such as road salt, may penetrate the circuit board of any of the puddle lights or its connector pins, a short circuit is being feared to occur. This may generate heat which may melt the plastic, increasing the fire risk. No injuries and casualties were mentioned in the report.

Nevertheless, this latest Subaru recall is being expected to start during February 2013, and the car manufacturer will notify the affected owners. As a countermeasure, authorized dealers will install an additional fused-harness, without extra charge.

For more information, owners are being advised to contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or visit

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