The super handy thing about having a remote starter for your car is pretty self-explanatory — you can start your vehicle from inside the house to warm it up on a cold day, or from wherever you are nearby instead of climbing in and turning it on. But that doesn’t mean cars should just start up on their own without you doing a thing, which is why Subaru is recalling about 47,000 vehicles.
According to a recall posted on NHTSA.gov (campaign #13V061000), Subaru of America is recalling over 47,000 cars and SUVs with remote starters after an issue popped up with engines starting all by themselves.
Included in the recall are some Legacy and Outback cars from the 2010 to 2013 model years, the Impreza from 2012 and 2013 and the XV Crosstrek from 2013.
The company says if you drop the key fob, that can cause it to go on the fritz and vroooom — start the engine. It’ll run the motor for up to 15 minutes but could then turn off, then on again until the car is out of gas or the fob’s battery dies. Whichever comes first!
And there’s an added danger here if the car is parked in a closed garage. A running engine means a risk of carbon monoxide building in a non-ventilated area, posing a health hazard for anyone stepping into that area.
Subaru dealers will replace the fobs free of charge, and there haven’t been any mentions of injuries so far related to the recall. Owners can contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783 for more information. 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.