Subaru Recalls 1.3 Million U.S. Vehicles Over Brake Light Problem That Could Be Caused by Shampoo, Fabric Softener - NBC New York

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Subaru Recalls 1.3 Million U.S. Vehicles Over Brake Light Problem That Could Be Caused by Shampoo, Fabric Softener

The recall covers certain 2014 to 2016 Forester, 2008 through 2016 Impreza and 2013 through 2017 Crosstrek vehicles

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    Subaru Recalls 1.3 Million US Vehicles

    Subaru has issued recalls for three different models after reports that brake lights may not properly illuminate.

    (Published Monday, March 4, 2019)

    What to Know

    • 1.3 million Subaru vehicles in U.S. have been recalled over a brake light problem that could be caused by perfume or fabric softeners

    • Subaru says it's gotten 33 reports of problems in the U.S. related to the recall, which was announced late last week

    • The company says it will reach out to affected customers and replace the switch

    Subaru is recalling 1.3 million vehicles in the U.S. because chemicals used in everyday products -- including shampoo -- could prevent the brake lights from illuminating properly. 

    The recall covers certain 2014 to 2016 Forester, 2008 through 2016 Impreza and 2013 through 2017 Crosstrek vehicles. Want to know if your vehicle is affected? Search your VIN number on Subaru's recall site here

    Subaru says it's gotten 33 reports of problems in the U.S. related to the recall, which was announced late last week. According to the company, consumer products containing silicone -- like shampoo, fabric softener or nail polish -- can emit a gas that can seep into the brake lamp switch and cut off the electrical contact. That can stop the rear brake lights from working but brakes will still function, the company said. 

    Subaru says it discovered the problem. It will reach out to affected customers and replace the switch. 

    The recall is being done worldwide. According to The Wall Street Journal, another million vehicles could be added to the recall.

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