By Jennifer Geiger on January 3, 2013
Subaru is recalling 633,842 vehicles due to faulty lamp wiring, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The following vehicles are affected: model-year 2009-12 Foresters, 2010-11 Legacys, 2010-11 Outbacks and 2006-12 Tribecas.
These vehicles could be equipped with faulty puddle lamp wiring, which if exposed to electrolytic moisture (like road salt), could short circuit. This could lead to a fire. According to Subaru, the recall is a result of customers' complaints regarding smoke and/or fire coming out from the puddle lights.
Subaru will notify owners starting in February, and dealers will inspect and replace the affected parts for free. Owners can call Subaru at 800-782-2783 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.
Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Geiger is a reviewer, car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats, many of them while driving a minivan. Email Jennifer