Subaru is recalling approximately 47,000 automobiles due to a faulty remote starter that may cause the vehicles to turn on by themselves.
If a person drops the key fob that has a remote starter, the vehicle may start and shut off the engine shortly later. The process can continue with the vehicle starting and turning off.
Subaru’s recall includes vehicles that are models between the years 2010 and 2013. It includes 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Outback and Legacy models and 2012 and 2013 Impreza vehicles. It also includes the 2013 XV Crosstreks.
The defective device appears to only apply to the Audiovox remote engine starting device. This device comes with the recalled vehicles that have automatic transmissions.
Remote starting devices have gained popularity, especially in areas of the country where cold weather is expected. Car owners commonly use these remote starting devices to warm up vehicles for several minutes before they get in themselves.
Subaru issued an official letter that warned consumers of the problem. In the letter, executives explained that the engine may start inadvertently and remain turned on for up to 15 minutes. The letter also explained that the engine may continue starting and stopping until the battery in the key fob is depleted or until the vehicle runs out of gasoline.
Homeowners should also be especially careful when the vehicle is parked in an enclosed area because carbon monoxide may build up and may cause asphyxiation. .
The recall will officially begin in late April when dealers will replace the defective key fobs on a complimentary basis. However, vehicle owners can start using the keyless entry fobs that are already part of the vehicle key that was included with the new car.
While this recall is relatively less dangerous than other types of automotive recalls, some automobile owners have not been so lucky. Some defective vehicles and vehicle parts in the last couple of decades have included problems in which tires could fall off vehicles that were in motion or had accelerator pedals that would be pressed down and cause owners to inadvertently accelerate.
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