Subaru is planning to recall almost 1.3 million crossover SUVs and compact cars built between 2008 and 2017 in Japan. An issue could prevent the brake lights on three different models from illuminating.
The recall focuses on certain Forester, CrossTrek and Impreza models that were built during the years of 2008 through 2017. However, not all vehicles are affected. Primarily, the recall does cover some CrossTreks built from 2013 to 2017, Imprezas built from 2008 to 2016, and Foresters built from 2014 to 2016.
What Is the Issue?
The primary issue with these vehicles is that the brake light switch, which is located directly behind the brake pedal, could stop working if any silicone-based cleaning products and lubricants are used. The product could leak into the compartment and prevent the switch from working. If that happens, the brake light doesn’t illuminate.
It is important to note that the brakes themselves continue functioning correctly, but the lights do not illuminate. While this isn’t a significant issue when compared to other recalls from carmakers, drivers of the affected vehicles may not know the lights aren’t working and could be subject to fines from local law enforcement if they are pulled over because of the issue.
Subaru has started instructing its dealers about the affected vehicles, giving dealerships the go-ahead to replace the switch, free of charge.
The automaker has approximately 20 reports on file for US-based vehicles that have non-functioning brake lights. It plans to alert owners of these affected vehicles in the next few weeks.
This recall is one of the largest for the automaker, though the Takata airbag recall is considered the largest for Subaru and almost every other carmaker in the industry. Along with this brake-light issue, Subaru stopped production in Japan for steering defects. Last year, the automaker also issued recalls for stall risks and trip computer problems.