Fire risk: Subaru recalls 593K vehicles with faulty wiper motors


By Clark Howard Staff

Subaru is recalling up to 593,000 vehicles because the windshield wiper motor may overheat and cause a fire.

Legacy and Outback both involved in Subaru wiper recall

The following two models are involved in the recall:

  • Certain model year 2010-2014 Legacy vehicles manufactured November 26, 2008 to June 7, 2013
  • Certain model year 2010-2014 Outback vehicles manufactured January 9, 2009 to June 7, 2013

“Due to contamination, components within the windshield wiper motor bottom cover may interfere with each other,” the recall notes. “If an obstruction, such as a buildup of snow or ice, prevents the wiper arms from being able to stop in the parked position, the wiper motor may overheat and the bottom cover may melt.”

So this problem is really a twofer because it could both reduce drive visibility thereby making a crash more likely and it could lead to a fire if the wiper motor cover melts.

Dealers will replace the windshield wiper motor bottom cover assembly at no charge, but there’s no word yet on when that process will begin.

No injuries have been reported resulting from the potential defect.


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