Saturday, January 5, 2013

Subaru recalls 634,000 vehicles for lighting problem

Subaru recalls 634,000 vehicles for lighting problem

Paul A. Eisenstein, the Detroit Bureau
The new year has got off a bad start - for Subaru, anyway. The manufacturer is forced to recall almost 634,000 sedans, wagons and crossovers due to an electrical problem, a vehicle can cause a fire.

More specifically, Subaru says, owner of 633.842 relatively late model vehicles informs them that they are subject to a recall, although only about 54,000 of these Subaru must undergo products actually repairs.

Subaru is just the latest in a number of manufacturers, including Toyota, Ford and General Motors, which have had to recall millions of vehicles over the last 12 months due to defects that can cause fires. In this case, the problem lies in a faulty puddle lamp where wiring, short could, if exposed to moisture after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"There have been no cases of injury or accidents," loud Subaru spokesman Mike McHale, although the manufacturer where the short occurred Word retains "less than 10" requests, resulting in smoke. So far, no vehicle has actually caught fire.

Several similar electrical short questions have plagued Japanese manufacturer, in recent months, in particular faulty drivers door window switch, to have led to a series of product recalls at Toyota. In October the producer 7,43 million vehicles with this switch - around one third - who sold the largest recall in the history of Toyota announced a recall notice thereof in the United States. Motor vehicles were also a small number of General same switch used and by a previous recall.

In the case of the Subaru, the latest customer service campaign covers 633.842 vehicles. In fact, the manufacturer believes that only 53.999 which actually have wiring the puddle lamp, but it was not clearly identify which vehicles are because the lamps were installed by dealer and no accurate and complete records exist. As a result, Subaru contact owners, all 2009 to 2012 Forester and 2006 to 2012 Tribeca frequency switch and 2010 and 2011 legacy and Outback models, to them to see if they have the optional puddle lamps. Who will need repairs. These uncertain, can go to a dealer for inspection.

The puddle lamps are just the sideview mirrors and lights below, if the vehicles are unlocked. You can water or humidity leads to a short gain. Subaru adds an additional protection to prevent a fire if the wires out short.

It plans to formally next month to inform owners and make repairs free of charge.

While the final figures for the year 2012 not yet calculated been there is preliminary evidence that the industry can get close or 15.5 million vehicles affected by recalls in 2011 exceed, if non-matching remembers the 20.1 million in the year 2010.

While Detroit, Korean and European decision makers all essential service actions in the course of the year are confronted, seem Japanese makers have led the list with Toyota and Honda all but certain to top the chart in terms of the total number of vehicles in 2012 influenced.

Honda recalled nearly 3 million vehicles equipped with faulty transmissions, which can cause extra vehicles in the third quarter alone, including the most recent products; and the Toyota switch fire question covered approximately 2.5 million vehicles in the United States in October.

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