Subaru Issues Latest Recall for Windshield-Related Issue
September 12, 2011
|2011 Subaru Outback
Subaru of America Inc. has issued a recall that could affect a
total of 195,080 vehicles that could have faulty windshield wiper
According to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA), there are components inside these vehicles'
windshield wiper motor bottom covers that may overheat and could
lead to a fire. The recall includes 2010 and 2011 Subaru Legacy
and Outback vehicles manufactured between January 7, 2010, and May
Company officials say they first received a report of a wiper motor
that emitted smoke on the vehicles on January 24 of this year. The
company investigated the issue from January to April, and found
that the front wiper bottom cover was melting "due to [an]
internal short circuit." Between May and July, Subaru discovered
from further research that the internal short circuit was caused
by "continuous chatter of contact point due to compound factor
or improper dimension of internal parts and external force incurred
to the front wiper arms."
Subaru planned to begin notifying its dealers last week, according
to a September 9 letter to NHTSA, and is preparing "modified
The company's dealers will replace the front wiper motor bottom
cover assembly free of charge once the recall begins, which is expected
to be during the month of November.
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