Subaru is recalling more than 100,000 Forester, Impreza, Legacy, and Outback vehicles equipped with turbocharged engines. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an electrical problem with those vehicles could start a fire.
The problem is rooted in a relay manufactured by TE Connectivity, based in Pennsylvania. NHTSA reports that the relay--which controls the turbocharger's secondary air injection pump--may be prone to fail, and if it does, the pump can overheat.
Should that happen, the pump may melt, increasing the risk of fire. To date, Subaru has received at least one report of a fire related to a failed relay.
The good news is, if the relay fails, drivers should be notified via the "check engine" warning light on the instrument panel. Should the pump begin to melt, there may also be a noticeable odor and/or smoke.
The recall affects the following models:
- 2009-2013 Subaru Forester
- 2007-2009 Subaru Legacy
- 2008-2014 Subaru Impreza
- 2007-2009 Subaru Outback
As mentioned above, the recall only affects vehicles with turbocharged engines. Subaru estimates that 100,127 vehicles registered in the U.S. will need to be repaired.
Subaru will mail recall notices to owners, asking them to take their vehicles to dealerships for service. Dealers will replace the relay for the secondary air injection pump at no charge.
If you believe that you own one of these vehicles, you're encouraged to contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783 and ask about recall WTM-73. If you prefer, you can also call NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign #16V738000.