Subaru has announced the recall of up to 47,419 cars and crossover vehicles in the U.S. that are equipped with remote starters as the engines could start on their own.
The recall affects some Legacy and Outback cars from years 2010 through 2013. Also affected by the recall are Impreza sedans from 2012 and 2013 and XV Crosstrek crossover vehicles from 2013.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), if the remote starter key fob is dropped, it may start the engine without the ignition button on the fob being pressed. The engine may start and run for up to 15 minutes, and may continue to start and stop until the fob battery is depleted or until the vehicle runs out of gas.
If the vehicle is parked in an enclosed area, such as a garage, there is a risk of asphyxiation from a build-up of carbon monoxide.
To date, there are no reports of injury.
This is not the time of the year not to have your remote starter working, at least not on the East Coast.