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From Products Liability Law Daily, March 5, 2019

1.3M Subaru vehicles recalled for replacement of brake light switch

By Colleen Kave, J.D.

Exposure to contaminants may cause brake light malfunction and other issues.

Subaru of America, Inc. has recalled around 1,303,530 2014-2016 Forester, 2008-2016 Impreza sedans, 2012-2016 Impreza station wagons, 2008-2014 WRX sedans (including STI), and 2013-2017 Crosstrek vehicles because exposure to certain contaminants may cause the brake light switch to malfunction, preventing the brake lights from illuminating and also preventing keyless ignition vehicles from starting and CVT/automatic transmissions from being able to be shifted out of Park. The company cautions that brake lights that do not illuminate properly will not alert other drivers that the vehicle is slowing or stopping, increasing the risk of crash (NHTSA Recall Notice, No. 19V149, Report receipt date: February 28, 2019).

Remedy. Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake light switch, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 29, 2019.

Contact information. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-373-6614. Subaru’s number for this recall is WUE-90. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Companies: Subaru of America, Inc.

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