Subaru of America, Inc. and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have announced a recall of over 47,000 Subaru vehicles in the U.S. The recalled vehicles are equipped with remote starters, which may accidentally start the vehicles on their own, leading to vehicle problems or injuries. The recall affects only those vehicles with remote start, not those with key fobs to unlock doors.
The recall affects Legacy and Outback vehicles in model years 2010 through 2013, Impreza model years 2012 and 2013, and XV Crosstrek crossover vehicles from model year 2013. In each of these vehicles, the remote starter may start the vehicle if the key fob is dropped, even if the button is not pressed. If the remote starter starts the vehicle, the vehicle may run until the battery runs out or the vehicle runs out of gas.
A serious risk of injury faces those in a garage or attached house when a vehicle starts in an enclosed area. Carbon monoxide may build up from the car’s exhaust, which can cause serious injury or death from asphyxiation. Although no injuries have been associated with carbon monoxide from improperly-starting cars, the risk remains present.
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