by Jim Adler
Subaru of America has recalled more than 47,000 self-starting cars and SUVs. The vehicles in question come with remote starters that can fail and cause engines to start on their own without a driver on board.
Imagine if that happened while your car was parked in an enclosed garage. Exposure to the buildup of contained carbon monoxide could be lethal.
The Subaru vehicles affected have continuously variable or automatic transmissions. They are the 2010-2013 Legacy and Outback; the Impreza from 2012-2013; and the XV Crosstrek from 2013.
Each of these cars and SUVs comes with a keychain fob which, if dropped, can cause an engine to start by itself.
If unattended, an engine could run by itself for as long a time as 15 minutes, then shut off. It also could continually turn on and off, at least until using up the car’s gas, or until the fob battery sending the signal died.
Subaru owners can take their cars to a Subaru dealership to get the keychain fob replaced at no charge.
So far, 2013 hasn’t been a good year for Subaru in terms of recalls. In early January, Subaru had to recall almost 634,000 wagons, crossovers and sedans because of an electrical problem which could cause a fire.
If your family has suffered injury due to a defective vehicle, notify the car accident lawyers at Jim S. Adler & Associates.