Subaru is recalling several vehicle models citing a possible fire risk. The Subaru recall is believed to affect nearly 634,000 vehicles in the United States.
The company stated that the fire hazard may stem from problems with the car's lighting system.
Apparently, the vehicles' accessory puddle light system, which lights the areas under the doors, may be defective and could lead to smoke and potentially fires, reports Reuters. A short circuit can develop when the light or connector is exposed to certain types of moisture, such as road spray with road salt in it.
The vehicles affected by the Subaru recall include popular models like the Subaru Forester (model years 2009 through 2012), Legacy (2010 and 2011), Outback (2010 and 2011), and some Tribeca vehicles (2006 through 2012).
A Subaru spokesperson said that only 53,999 vehicles equipped with the puddle lights are actually affected by the recall. However, the company had to issue the much wider recall including all of the above vehicles because the company is not sure which vehicles have the puddle lights installed, reports Reuters.
So far, there have been no reports or accidents related to the lighting/fire issue, though there were reports of one car owner who noticed smoke coming from the lights, reports Reuters.
Subaru will notify owners of the affected vehicles. If you receive such a notice, it's recommended that you bring it in to the dealer to immediately to have the problem fixed.
If you have already suffered vehicle damage or other injuries due to the lighting problem, you should be aware that you may be able to seek legal remedies on top of the recall remedies and repairs.
In such a case, you may want to talk to an experienced product liability attorney who can review your claim and examine your options to recover damages.
- Subaru recalls 630,000 vehicles for fire risk (CNN Money)
- Your Right to Recall Remedies (FindLaw)
- NHTSA Investigates Car Fires Possibly Caused by Defect (FindLaw's KnowledgeBase)