Source: National Highway Transportation Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Office of Defect Investigation (ODI)
Subaru has issued a recall of approximately 47,419 vehicles due to a manufacturing defect that can cause the remote engine starter (RES) to randomly transmit an engine start request without pressing the button. The following vehicles may be included in the recall class: 2010-2013 Legacy and Outback, 2012-2013 Impreza and 2013 XV Crosstrek vehicles. The malfunctioning REScan be aggravated if the fob is dropped, causing the engine to inadvertently start and run for up to fifteen minutes. The engine may continue to start and stop until the fob battery is depleted, or until the vehicle runs out of fuel. If the vehicle is parked in an enclosed area, there is a risk of carbon monoxide build-up which may cause headaches, dizziness or, in extreme cases, unconsciousness and/or asphyxiation.
This recall is expected to begin around the end of April 2013. Dealers have agreed to inspect the vehicle and perform the necessary service free of charge. Owners may contact Subaru directly at 1-800-782-2783 and reference safety recall no. WQF-42. Additional details can also be found by referencing NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V061000.
Owners are encouraged to contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or go to www.safercar.gov with any questions or concerns surrounding these or any other recalls or safety campaigns.