The L.A. Times reported earlier this morning ( March 7, 2013) that Subaru of North America is recalling more than 47,000 cars and small SUV’s over an electronic defect with its optional key fobs that may cause the Subaru’s engines to fire up on their own. The immediate dangers include the fact that carbon monoxide buildup can cause severe brain damage or death to anyone in the vicinity of a running car.CNN even dubbed the whole fiasco, the case of the zombie cars (rising from a cold start).
Affected models include:
- 2012-2013 Subaru Impreza’s
- 2013 Subaru VX Crosstrek’s with a CVT transmission and Audiovox remote engine start accessory
It’s important to note that owners with original key fobs aren't affected.
Some key warnings to look out for include the engine starting and stopping for more than 15 minutes at a time or short starts and stops until the car runs out of gas.
Subaru will notify owners and will replace key fobs (the cause of the recall) free of charge. Owners may contact Subaru at (800) 782-2783 for more information
Source: L.A. Times