Recall roundup: Subaru models for zombie engine start image

The Japanese based automaker Subaru has recently announced a recall for some of its models because of a problem which makes the engines start on their own.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a total of 47,000 cars made by Subaru are being affected by this problem across the United States. Subaru says that owners of the 2010-2013 Legacy and Outback and 2012-2013 Impreza, equipped with the Audiovox RES (Remote Engine Starter) and automatic or CVT transmissions, will be affected by this recall and they will have to take their cars back to the nearest Subaru dealership soon.

“The engine may inadvertently start and run for up to fifteen minutes. The engine may continue to start and stop until the fob battery is depleted, or until the vehicle runs out of fuel. If the vehicle is parked in an enclosed area, there is a risk of carbon monoxide build-up which may cause asphyxiation”, as Subaru is saying in a statement.

Owners of the affected Subaru vehicles will be announced by the carmaker and dealerships will replace the RES key fobs free of charge. The recall is expected to begin at the end of April and it might be expanded onto other markets in which the vehicles in question are being or have been sold. Meanwhile you are advised to contact Subaru or the NHTSA if you own one of the cars mentioned above.