Remote-starting engine problem behind Subaru’s recall of 47K vehicles

Subraru is recalling 47, 419 vehicles because a malfunction may allow the engine to randomly start without someone pressing the start button. The recall impacts several vehicles equipped with an automatic or CVT transmission and an Audiovox remote engine starter accessory. The vehicles being recalled are:
  • 2010-12 Legacy and Outback;
  • 2012-13 Impreza;
  • 2013 XV Crosstrek; and
  • 2013 Legacy and Outback vehicles that may have received replacement remote engine starter fobs.
If the fob is dropped, the fob may send a start engine request. The malfunction can allow engines to run for up to 15 minutes, as well as start and stop until the fob battery runs down or the vehicle runs out of gas. If the vehicle is parked in an enclosed area, carbon monoxide may build up, causing headaches. dizziness, unconsciousness and even death. Vehicle owners will receive a notice in the mail and Subaru dealers will replace the RES key fobs for free. The recall is to begin next month. The recall campaign number is WQF-42. For information, call Subaru at 1-800-782-2783 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236. Learn more about this and other recalls online at www.safercar.gov.
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