Subaru is recalling 633,842 vehicles because accessory puddle lights that brighten the area under the doors may short circuit when exposed to moisture.
The heat generated could then melt the plastic and cause smoke or fire.
The vehicles subject to the recall are certain model year 2010-11 Legacy and Outback vehicles, certain model year 2006-12 Tribeca vehicles sold before January 2012, and certain model year 2009-12 Forester vehicles sold before January 2012.
Subaru will notify owners and dealers will make the fix for free. The recall, number WQE-41, is to begin next month.
For information, call Subaru at (800)782-2783.
GM launches SUV recall
General Motors is recalling 54,686 current model year sport utility vehicles because the transmission may slip into “Park” with the ignition key in the “off” position, as well as when the key has been removed. The vehicle also may shift out of Park without the brake being depressed. This can allow the vehicle to roll cause a crash.
The vehicles being recalled are the 2013 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV and Escalade EXT; the Chevrolet Avalanche, Express (van), Silverado HD, Silverado LD, Suburban and Tahoe; and the GMC Savana, Sierra HD, Sierra LD, Yukon and Yukon XL. All were manufactured between Nov. 7 and Dec. 18 of last year.
The recall, No. 12331, is to begin Jan. 17. GM will reach out to owners and dealers will replace the steering column as necessary.
For information, call Cadillac at (866) 982-2339, Chevy at (800)630-2438 or GMC at (866) 996-9463.
Learn more about these and other recalls from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle safety hotline at (888)327-4236 or www.safercar.gov.