Subaru Under the Gun with Possible Recall of 633,000 Vehicles
(News4us.com) January 05, 2013
Auto manufacturers continue to come under the spotlight for faulty vehicle recalls with Subaru the most recent casualty.
Subaru is the latest auto manufacturer with up to possibly 633,842 vehicles needing to be recalled due to an electrical problem with a faulty puddle lamp.
Following closely in the footsteps of Ford, Toyota and general Motors, who have all had vehicle recalls over the last twelve months, the possibility of having to recall over 600,000 vehicles will be a huge global task for Subaru.
While latest reports show only ten vehicles were actually affected by the electrical short the manufacturer believes just over 50,000 vehicles are equipped with the faulty puddle lamp.
“There have been no incidents of injury or accidents,” according to Subaru spokesman Mike McHale, though the maker has received word of “less than 10” incidents where the short did occur, resulting in smoke.
So far, no vehicle has actually caught fire.
Several similar electrical short issues have plagued Japanese manufacturers in recent months, notably including faulty driver door window switches that have led to a series of recalls at Toyota.
In October, the maker issued a recall notice for 7.43 million vehicles equipped with those switches – about a third of them sold in the U.S. – the largest recall in Toyota history.
A small number of General Motors vehicles also used the same switch and were covered by an earlier recall.
In Subaru’s case, the latest service action involves 633,842 vehicles. In fact, the maker believes that only 53,999 of those actually have the defective puddle lamp wiring but it has been unable to clearly identify which vehicles those are because the lamps were installed by dealers and no accurate and complete records exists.
As a result, Subaru will contact owners of all 2009 through 2012 Forester and 2006 through 2012 Tribeca crossovers, as well as 2010 and 2011 Legacy and Outback models asking them to see if they have the optional puddle lamps.
Those who do will need repairs. Those unsure may go to a dealer for inspection
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