Friday, March 8, 2013
USA Today (3/7, Woodyard, 1.71M) reports, "Subaru is recalling 47,419 certain 2010 to 2013 model-year vehicles because if an key fob with a remote starter built into it can go wacky if it is dropped. The drop can cause a malfunction that could result in the fob remotely turning on the car's engine, and turning it off again, when owners aren't even aware of it, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration." USA Today notes that "the recall covers 2010 to 2013 Outbacks and Legacys, 2012 and 2013 Imprezas and 2013 XV Crosstreks."
The Los Angeles Times (3/7, White, 692K) also notes that "the engine may continue to start and stop until either the fob battery is depleted, or until the car runs out of gas. If such a malfunction occurred in a vehicle parked in an enclosed space, the risk of carbon monoxide build-up, which may cause asphyxiation, would increase."