A recall has been issued for four Subaru models today: the Forester, Outback, Legacy and Tribeca.
The issue at hand concerns optional puddle lights that can short circuit, posing a fire risk. Only vehicles with dealer-installed puddle lights, which light the ground under the doors, are affected by the recall. A short circuit can develop when the lights are exposed to electrolytic moisture, such as water mixed with road salt, causing the light to emit smoke, and possibly melt or catch on fire.
It affects 2009 through 2012 Foresters, 2010 and 2011 Legacy and Outback models, and 2006 through 2012 Tribecas.
So far, the recall has only been announced by Transport Canada, and affects 293 vehicles north of the border. It will likely hit the U.S. in the coming weeks, and affect a larger number of vehicles.
UPDATE: The recall has now been announced by NHTSA for the U.S., where it affects 633,842 vehicles. Owners will be notified, and Subaru dealers will fix the issue, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in February 2013. For more info, owners can contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783.
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