Subaru is issuing a recall for more than 634,000 SUVs and cars after it was found that the puddle lights installed beneath the doors may potentially short circuit, melt plastic and cause a fire should moisture from road spray (particularly spray that contains road salt) gets inside them.
“A short circuit can develop when either the puddle light or connector pins are exposed to an electrolyte moisture source and penetrate the circuit board,” warns the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Affected models include Tribeca SUVs from 2006-2012 and Foresters from 2009-2012, as well as 2010-2011 Outback and Legacy cars from models.
While only 54,000 vehicles are actually equipped with these lights, the company is issuing a much wider recall because the puddle lights were outfitted and sold after the vehicles rolled off the assembly line. As a result, a spokesman for Subaru stated, “the automaker has no way of tracking them.
Subaru will begin contacting all owners by early next month. Dealers will fix the problem and install a new puddle light harness without charge.
For more information readers can either contact Subaru’s New Jersey headquarters Mon.-Thurs. 7:30 am-8pm; Fri. 10:30am-5pm or Sat. 9am-3:30 pm at 800 782-2783, or call the NHTSA hotline art 888 327-4236.