Subaru is recalling nearly 634,000 vehicles over potentially faulty wiring of an accessory puddle lamp. The recall affects 2009-2012 Forester models, 2010-2011 Legacy models, 2010-2011 Outback models and 2006-2012 Tribeca models. The puddle lamp illuminates the area under the vehicle doors.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, electrolytic moisture may get into the puddle lamp housing, which contains the circuit board and wires for the lamp. This could cause a short circuit, which could generate enough heat to melt the plastic housing, potentially causing smoke or a fire.
NHTSA says that only 53,999 models are actually equipped with the faulty puddle lamp. Automotive News reports that Subaru is unsure which specific vehicles are equipped with the lights that may short out, so it must issue a larger, more encompassing recall.
Beginning in February, Subaru will notify owners of affected vehicles to fix the problem. Subaru will install a new wiring harness free of charge. The recall campaign number is WQE-41. Owners may contact NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236.
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