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Subaru Plans Largest Ever Recall for Impreza, Forester: Report

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Years of rapid growth may be a clear upside for Subaru, but with the good now comes the bad. According to a report from Reuters, the brand is planning its largest-ever recall for approximately 2 million model-year 2008-17 Impreza cars and Forester SUVs for an issue with a brakelight switch that can affect ignition.

Related: Is Your Car Part of the Takata Airbag Recall?

If all of the identified vehicles from that bucket are recalled, Reuters said it would eclipse the Japanese automaker’s previous biggest recall that was part of the mammoth Takata airbag inflator crisis. In that case, some eight different models were affected in an 11-year model-year range. Though this recall will only affect the Impreza and Forester for now, the sheer number will be greater.

A separate story from The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) added that the issue stems from certain chemical compounds in common household products such as cosmetics, fabric softener and car polish that could cause the malfunction.

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No recalls have officially been issued yet and the exact count is not currently known; we’ll have further details once more information is forthcoming.’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

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