Subaru Issues Recall of Legacy, Outback Vehicles Due to Fire Hazard

the windshield wiper motor cover may overheat

Subaru Issues Recall of Legacy, Outback Vehicles Due to Fire Hazard
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September 30, 2016

Subaru of America is recalling nearly 600,000 model year 2010-2014 Legacy and Outback vehicles.

Due to contamination, components within the windshield wiper motor bottom cover may interfere with each other. If an obstruction (such as a buildup of snow or ice) prevents the wiper arms from being able to stop in the parked position, the wiper motor may overheat and the bottom cover may melt.

If the windshield wiper motor overheats, the wipers may fail, reducing driver visibility and increasing the risk of a crash.

Additionally, the wiper motor cover may melt, increasing the risk of a fire.

Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the windshield wiper motor bottom cover assembly, free of charge.

The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

This recall supersedes recall 11V-469. All vehicles that were remedied under that campaign are affected by this campaign, and need to have their wiper motor bottom cover replaced again.

For further information regarding this recall, consumers may contact Subaru customer service at (800) 782-2783. Subaru's number for this recall is WTK-71.