Vehicles Affected: Approximately 593,000 model-year 2010-14 Subaru Legacy sedans manufactured between Nov. 26, 2008, and June 7, 2013, and Outback wagons manufactured between Jan. 9, 2009, and June 7, 2013
The Problem: Due to contamination, components within the windshield wiper motor bottom cover may interfere with each other. If an obstruction, such as a buildup of snow or ice, prevents the wiper arms from being able to stop in the parked position, the wiper motor may overheat and the bottom cover may melt, increasing the risk of a fire; this could also cause the wipers to fail, reducing visibility and increasing the risk of a crash.
The Fix: Dealers will replace the windshield wiper motor bottom cover assembly for free.
What Owners Should Do: Subaru did not immediately announce an owner-notification schedule. Owners can call the automaker at 800-782-2783, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.
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