Subaru to recall 2.3 million cars due to a brake light problem

Subaru is planning a large recall due to a possible brake light switch failure. Worldwide, it will cover 2 269 052 vehicles and it would be the automaker’s biggest-ever recall.

The cause of the possible malfunction is the silicone grease that can penetrate the brake light switch contacts. If this happens, the Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) warning light and the driver assistance indicator (Eyesight) may illuminate while driving. At the same time, the brake lights may malfunction. The issue does not impact the brakes or the functionality of the brakes.

Furthermore, for parked vehicles with a Keyless Access System, the engine may not start when the start/stop button is pressed. For vehicles with an automatic gearbox or Lineartronic gearbox, the speed selector might not move from the P position.

The recall will cover the following models:

  • Forester, model year 2014 – 2016,
  • WRX STi, model year 2011 – 2014,
  • Impreza 4-doors, model year 2008 – 2016,
  • Impreza 5-doors, model year 2012 – 2016,
  • Subaru XV, model year 2012 – 2017.

The brake light switch for the vehicles concerned will be replaced by a modified part in an authorized workshop. The repair should not take longer than 30 minutes. It is not yet clear when the action will be launched, as it is necessary to ensure the necessary spare parts and tools first. The company recall code has not yet been determined.

You will learn about the official announcement of the recall on our site or via any authorized Subaru dealer.


Source: Reuters

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