Don’t get too excited if you’ve been walking by your new or recent model year Subaru to find it starting itself. You haven’t discovered KITT’s younger cousin.
If you drive an XV Crosstrek, Impreza from 2012 or 2013, or a Legacy or Outback from between 2010 and 2013, your car might fall under a recall. A total 2,813 of the cars are subject to a new campaign in Canada because the key fobs associated with those cars might fire up the engine unexpectedly if they’ve been dropped.
The internal battery’s retaining clip could move, damaging a component on the printed circuit board, causing the car to start if in range of the key. If that happens, the car can run for up to 15 minutes and can continue to stop and start until the problem is fixed.
Subaru’s dealer network will replace the key fobs at no cost to the owner. The recall is only in Canada for now, but could be announced in the U.S. soon.