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


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11. 3. 2019 In Misc


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.

-rb-

Source: Reuters


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What the owner should do?

If you read about a recall that you think may affect your car, you should make immediate contact with a dealer or workshop that’s been officially authorised to perform repairs on behalf of the manufacturer and ask for the details.

If you wish fully comprehensive vehicle check, with more than 80 data points about the history of the car, then we suggest going to HPI-Check, which provides information on a specific vehicle using also the vehicle registration number.


About the Author
Roman Beránek
Czech independent motoring journalist, ex-editor of CNC's Auto.cz website, former host of the CzechTV's "Automotorevue" show. He founded the car-recalls.eu website in 2016 to make car owners better informed and to help to improve road safety. Donate? paypal.me.

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