If you drive a Subaru, listen up! The Japanese auto maker issued a car recall for more than 2 million Subaru vehicles in the United States over a brake light problem.
Subaru says the chemicals used in some everyday products such as fabric softeners and shampoo could prevent the car’s brake lights from illuminating properly. So while the recall won’t cause your brakes to fail, your brake lights could and that could mean the driver behind you ends up in your trunk.
The recall involves certain 2014 to 2016 Foresters, certain 2008 to 2016 Imprezas and Crosstreks built between 2013 and 2017.
Subaru said there are 33 reports of problems with cars in the U.S. related to the recall, which was announced in early March, 2019.
A spokesperson for Subaru said the problem is only with “certain scented cleaning products,” according to Car and Driver. The culprits are “consumer products containing silicone that can seep into the brake-lamp switch housing and deposit a layer on the switch contact. If the contact switch loses conductivity to terminal, it may result in the rear brake lights not illuminating.”
Who knew your fabric softener could prompt a major car recall?
If you want to check if your Subaru is involved in the recall, check Subaru’s recall website. Subaru says it will contact affected customers and replace the switch.
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