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Subaru recalls self-starting cars

2013-03-08 10:44

DETROIT, Michigan - Subaru America is recalling more than 47 000 cars and SUVs with remote starters because the engines can start on their own.

The recall affects some Legacy and Outback cars from the 2010-13 model years. Also covered are the Impreza from 2012 and 2013 and the XV Crosstrek from 2013 - but none of the specifications apply to cars sold in South Africa.

MALFUNCTIONS

Subaru says that if a key fob is dropped it can malfunction and start the engine, which will run for up to 15 minutes but could continue to stop and start until it runs out of fuel or the battery dies. If parked in a garage this could mean a risk of carbon-monoxide build-up, though no such occurence had been reported.

Subaru dealers will replace the fobs free of charge.

AP