Subaru Discloses Largest-Ever Recall; 2.3M Vehicles Worldwide
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Subaru Corporation is being hit hard again, this time it’s the largest recall ever in their history. Subaru announced they are recalling around 2.26 million vehicles globally over a brake light defect. A report from Channel NewsAsia says a brake light glitch can lead to ignition difficulties and could affect how the vehicle engines start.
The Subaru models being recalled are the 2014-2016 Forester, 2011-2014 WRX (4-Door), 2008-2016 Impreza and 2012-2017 Subaru Crosstrek (XV outside the U.S). In Japan, Subaru Corp is recalling 306,728 Impreza and Forester models, while the remaining 1.96 million vehicles will be recalled in North America and other global regions.
The company said that silicone gas from certain consumer products, including cleaning items, could seep through the housing of the brake light switch, interfering with the lights turning on properly and also engine ignition. If this occurs, the brake lights will not light up and may cause other drivers to be unaware of the driver’s intention to stop the vehicle and could increase the risk of accidental collisions.
All vehicles affected were produced from 2008 through 2017. Subaru says there have been no accidents reported in connection with the problem. If all of the identified vehicles are recalled, it will be the Japanese automaker’s biggest in terms of affected units, excluding the ongoing Takata airbag recall.
Subaru of America has not filed a recall for the 2014-2016 Forester, 2011-2014 WRX, 2008-2016 Impreza and 2012-2017 Subaru Crosstrek with the NHTSA yet. "It is the biggest recall as far as the number goes," a Subaru spokesman told Channel NewsAsia. Stay tuned.
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