Source: National Highway Transportation Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Office of Defect Investigation (ODI)
Subaru has issued a recall of approximately 633,842 vehicles due to a defect that can cause a short circuit of the puddle light system. Certain 2010 and 2011 Legacy and Outback vehicles, 2006 through 2012 Tribeca vehicles sold before January 2012, and 2009 through 2012 Forester vehicles sold before January 2012 are included in the recall class. A short circuit can develop when either the puddle light or connector are exposed to an electrolytic moisture source (such as road spray that has road salt in it) and it penetrates the circuit board of the puddle light or the pins of the puddle light connector(s). This may generate heat which can melt the plastic resulting in smoke or fire.
This recall is expected to begin sometime during February 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. WQE-41. Additional details can also be found by referencing NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V602000.
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.