Japanese automaker Subaru has issued a recall for Model Year 2010-2011 Outback and Legacy vehicles manufactured from January 7, 2010, through May 20, 2011. Subaru says faulty components inside the wiper motor's bottom cover could overheat.

According to Subaru, if the motor's bottom cover overheats, the windshield wipers may no longer function, which could lead to reduced visibility and increase the chance of a crash.

Subaru will notify owners of the 195,080 affected Outback and Legacy vehicles by the end of November. As is typically the case, dealers will replace defective components free of charge and owners are urged to contact Subaru for more info.
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Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
SUBARU / LEGACY 2010-2011
SUBARU / OUTBACK 2010-2011

Manufacturer:
SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC.

Mfr's Report Date:
SEP 06, 2011

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number:
11V469000

NHTSA Action Number:
N/A

Component:
VISIBILITY:WINDSHIELD WIPER/WASHER:MOTOR

Potential Number of Units Affected:
195,080

Summary:
SUBARU IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010-2011 OUTBACK AND LEGACY VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM JANUARY 7, 2010, THROUGH MAY 20, 2011. COMPONENTS INSIDE THE WIPER MOTOR BOTTOM COVER MAY OVERHEAT.

Consequence:
IF THE BOTTOM COVER OVERHEATS, THE WINDSHIELD WIPERS MAY BECOME INOPERABLE, REDUCING THE OPERATORS VISIBILITY, WHICH MAY INCREASE THE LIKELIHOOD OF A CRASH OR A FIRE COULD RESULT.

Remedy:
SUBARU WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FRONT WIPER MOTOR BOTTOM COVER ASSEMBLY FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING NOVEMBER 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-782-2783.

Notes:
SUBARU'S SAFETY RECALL NUMBER IS WVV-32. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


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  • 6 Comments
      Cathy Churney
      • 4 Months Ago

      they fixed my apparent recall item 2 years ago and now the wipers come  on on their own despite being in the off position, service advisor is telling me it may now be my financial responsibility as their was only a one year warranty on the replacement part?

      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      "According to Subaru, if the motor's bottom cover overheats, the windshield wipers may no longer function, which could lead to reduced visibility..." Really? That's insightful :)
        MechE
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tenspeeder
        That is typical of all recalls. State the defect, the possible resulting defect and then the resulting safety hazard, even if it is generic.
      w4msp2
      • 3 Years Ago
      ernsteverything. comment JUST MAD,because he does not have a SUBARU. BEST LOOKING CAR ON THE MARKET
      • 3 Years Ago
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      ERNSTEVERYTHING
      • 3 Years Ago
      that would be least of my worries, if i bought one of those monsters... It may well be the ugliest car on the road..