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From Products Liability Law Daily, September 30, 2016

Over 500K Subaru vehicles recalled for defective windshield wiper assembly

By Colleen Kave, J.D.

Subaru of America, Inc. has recalled around 592,647 model year 2010-2014 Legacy vehicles manufactured from November 26, 2008, to June 7, 2013, and 2010-2014 Outback vehicles manufactured from January 9, 2009 to June 7, 2013. Due to contamination, components within the windshield wiper motor bottom cover may interfere with each other. If an obstruction, such as a buildup of snow or ice prevents the wiper arms from being able to stop in the parked position, the wiper motor may overheat and the bottom cover may melt. The company warns that if the windshield wiper motor overheats, the wipers may fail, reducing driver visibility and increasing the risk of a crash. Additionally, the wiper motor cover may melt, increasing the risk of a fire. This recall supersedes recall 11V-469. All vehicles that were remedied under that campaign are affected by this campaign, and need to have their wiper motor bottom cover replaced again (NHTSA Recall Notice, No. 16V694, Report receipt date: September 27, 2016).

Remedy. Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the windshield wiper motor bottom cover assembly, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Contact information. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru’s number for this recall is WTK-71. 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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