Subaru reported last week that it will recall about 195,000 Subaru Legacy sedans and Subaru Outback wagons from model years 2010 and 2011. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the motor that drives the windshield wipers may overheat and stop working, and the resulting reduced visibility could increase the risk of a crash.
Though almost 200,000 Subarus are potentially affected, the automaker says it has only gotten word of five instances worldwide. Basically, the defect occurs if the wiper arms are prevented from moving by an obstacle like accumulated snow. This can cause the wiper motor to overheat and possibly catch fire, though Subaru has not received any reports of this occurring.
If you think your Subaru Legacy or Subaru Outback may be affected, you can check with NHTSA by visiting the administration’s website, or by calling 1-888-327-4236. Beginning in November, dealers will replace the wiper motors in affected vehicles free of charge.
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