Subaru is recalling certain 2010-2011 Legacy and Outback models over concerns of overheating in the windshield wiper motor assembly bottom cover.
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A notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) lists the number of potential affected units at 195,000. Affected vehicles were manufactured from January 7, 2010 through May 20, 2011.
The NHTSA notice says that if the components in the bottom cover of the windshield wiper motor assembly overheat, the wipers may become inoperable, thus reducing driver visibility which may result in a crash. Another possible consequence is a fire.
Subaru will begin notifying owners of affected vehicles and Subaru dealers will then replace the front wiper motor bottom assembly, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during November 2011.
In the meantime, owners of 2010-2011 Subaru Legacy and Outback models with any concerns may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783. Reference the Subaru safety recall number WW-32.
Alternatively, owners may also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov. Refer to the NHTSA Campaign ID No. 11V469000.