Subaru of America has issued a recall for more than 47,000 cars and SUVs with remote starters after it was found that the vehicles could start on their own. These include some Legacy and Outbacks from the 2010-2013 model years, as well as the Impreza from 2012 and 2013, and the XV Crosstrek from 2013.
According to a company spokeman, “If the key fob is dropped, it can malfunction and start the engine. When this occurs, the motor will run for up to 15 minutes, but could continue to start and stop until the car runs out of gas or the fob battery dies.”
If this happens inside a garage, it could result in a dangerous build-up of carbon monoxide.
The cars all have automatic or continuously variable transmissions. Subaru dealers will replace the fobs free of charge.
Owners should contact their local dealers for more information. To contact the company directly, readers can call Customer Service at 800 782-2783, or write to them at Subaru of America Inc., Subaru Plaza, PO Box 6000, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034-6000. You can also go online to www.Subaru.com.