According to the Wall Street Journal report, Subaru Corp has said it is going to recall some 2.3 million vehicles due to a defect in car brake lights. The defect may increase the risk of a crash. The problem stems from emission problems, but the cause is surprisingly uncommon. It is not emissions from the car that are causing the problem but consumer products like shampoo, perfume, cosmetics, and fabric softeners. The chemical emissions from these products create some barriers on brake light switches reducing the flow of electricity to the lights and rendering them useless.
Subaru says these cleaning products contain silicone which can emit a gas which can get into the brake lamp switch cutting off the electrical contact. The problem will affect not the brakes themselves but will stop the brake lights from working.
The issue affects the company’s Impreza, Forester and Crosstrek models of the years between 2008 and 2017.
Largest Recall in the History of the Japanese automaker
This time the recall covers about 1.3 million vehicles in the United States and nearly one million more in the rest of North America and Japan. This recall seems to be the largest in the history of the Japanese automaker, and this is not the first one in Subaru’s history. Last year the company revealed that two of its factories manipulated fuel efficiency data which affected about 900 cars produced by the plants.
Subaru had another recall in late 2018 over faulty valve springs. This was also a big recall and affected 400,000 vehicles. Moreover, early this year Subaru discovered power steering issue affecting several models of the company’s cars. This made the company shut down some of its plants affecting two-thirds of its global vehicle output.
If you are an owner of any of the car models affected by the problem, you need to check Subaru recall website. Subaru will replace the faulty parts on affected cars free of charge. The issue seems easy to fix, but it will cost Subaru about $90 million. The recall is being done worldwide. It has just started in Japan and might take a few weeks to launch in the U.S. In the meantime, check the brake lights before you travel and visit the Subaru recall website to take appropriate actions.