Subaru Recalling More Than 600,000 Cars and SUVs

Subaru Outback, Legacy, Tribeca and Forester are being recalled.

Subaru is recalling nearly 634,000 cars and SUVs because of faulty lights that can overheat and catch on fire, according to a report on CNN Money.

Outback and Legacy cars from model years 2010 and 2011, Tribeca SUVs from 2006 through 2012 and Forester SUVs from model years 2009 to 2012 are included in the U.S. recall.

Though approximately 634,000 cars and SUVs are included in the recall, only about 54,000 are expected to actually need fixing, according to the report.

The cars are equipped with "puddle lights" that shine down from underneath the doors to illuminate the ground around the car at night when entering or exiting the vehicle.

"When these lights are exposed to an 'electrolytic moisture source'--for instance, water spray containing road salts--the lights can short circuit. That can create enough heat to melt the plastic in the mirror housings, causing smoke or fire," according to the report.

Letters will be mailed to all owners if their cars have these lights. The recall will begin in February and repairs are free.


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