Yes, you read that right…Subaru has announced a massive (well, it’s massive to them) recall totaling around 47,000 vehicles. Virtually every vehicle in their lineup has been affected…more specifically:
2010-2013 Subaru Legacy
2010-2013 Subaru Outback
2012-2013 Subaru Impreza
2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek
So you’re probably wondering…how on earth can cars start on their own? Simple, these vehicles were equipped with a remote starter. If one were to drop the key fob, it could start the engine, even if the ignition button hasn’t been pressed. Normally, the car will start and run for up to 15 minutes, but it also runs the risk of stopping and restarting, repeating the cycle until either the battery in the key fob dies, or the vehicle runs out of gas. I would suspect that the latter would happend first.
Moreover, if the vehicle were to start in an enclosed space, it could increase the risk of producing a hazardous amount of carbon monoxide into the air.
The affected Subarus above are ones that are equipped with either a conventional automatic, or a CVT. Also, it should be noted that the vehicles involved were ones that had the dealer-installed remote starting system, not the one that was installed at the factory. In any event, all you have to do is contact your Subaru dealership (once you’ve received your letter), and provide them with your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), located either in the driver’s side doorjamb, or in the lower right hand corner of the windshield. Be careful with the key fob in the interim…