In a swift move to avoid potential dangerous fire conditions, Subaru is recalling 633,842 vehicles. An issue with a fuse in a puddle light which could cause a short-circuit and/or fire is to blame.
The Los Angeles Times reports that “the move affects Subaru Legacy and Outbacks made in 2010 and 2011, Tribeca models made from 2006 to 2012, and Forester models made from 2009 to 2012.”
The puddle light is used to brighten the area just under the door when you get in the car. Alarmingly, the puddle light was discovered faulty back in 2007, although no recall has been issued until now. The New York Times reports that when the first sign of smoke was made six years ago, Subaru answered the complaint with “an engineering fix that involved the application of dielectric grease.”
Michael McHale, director of corporate communications for Subaru of America told the paper, “I cannot tell you why there was no recall then. We have improved the unit a number of times. And the final improvement is to add a secondary smaller fuse.”
Subaru said they will “notify owners, and install a fused-harness free of charge”.
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