Subaru Recalls 47K Vehicles That Could Start Themselves

The New York Times Blogs (Wheels)

March 8, 2013

Subaru is recalling about 47,000 of its vehicles with remote starters because the vehicles could start themselves, raising a concern about carbon-monoxide poisoning for vehicles parked in garages.

The models are the 2010-12 Legacy sedan and Outback wagon, the 2012 Impreza and 2013 Crosstrek. All have the continuously variable automatic transmission, according to a report the automaker filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The problem is with vehicles equipped with an optional remote engine starter (made by Audiovox), which, by pushing a button, allows the vehicle to be started without the driver being in the vehicle. Subaru said if the key fob were dropped, it could be damaged and might later start the vehicle without its starter button being pushed.

"If that occurs when the vehicle is parked in an enclosed area, such as a garage, there is a risk of carbon monoxide build-up, which may pose a safety hazard," Subaru told the safety agency.

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