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Subaru Starts 2013 with Major Recall

Electrical problem, fire risk impacts 634,000 vehicles.

by on Jan.03, 2013

The 2012 Subaru Legacy is one of the models impacted by Subaru's new recall.

This story has been revised to clarify that only a select group of Subaru vehicles will actually need repairs. The automaker, however, needs owner help in identifying which ones.

The New Year has gotten off to a bad start – for Subaru, anyway. The maker is being forced to recall nearly 634,000 sedans, wagons and crossovers due to an electrical problem that could lead to a vehicle fire.

More precisely, says Subaru, it will notify owners of 633,842 relatively late-model vehicles they may be subject to a recall, though only about 54,000 of those Subaru products will actually need to undergo repairs.

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Subaru is just the latest in a string of makers, including Toyota, Ford and General Motors, who have had to recall millions of vehicles over the last 12 months due to defects that could lead to fires.  In this case, the problem is located in a faulty puddle lamp where wiring could short out if exposed to moisture, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Subaru Tops Honda in New Consumer Reports Study

Japan still tops "Automotive Report Card," but lead shrinking.

by on Feb.28, 2012

The 2012 Impreza helped position as the new leader in the Consumer Reports Automotive Report Card.

In another setback for longtime Japanese quality leader Honda, it has been knocked out of the top spot according to the annual Consumer Reports Automotive Report Card by up-start Subaru.  Honda had topped the study for the last four years but has taken sharp criticism, of late, for a variety of problems, notably with the latest version of its long-popular Civic model.

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Subaru, the maker of all-wheel-drive products like the Outback and Forester also topped industry giant Toyota in the yearly measure of performance, comfort, utility and reliability.

Japanese makers retained their lead, overall, in the annual automotive study.  But, “While Japanese automakers still hold the top five spots, their lead is shrinking. In some of Honda’s and Toyota’s recently redesigned models, cost-cutting has become more noticeable,” said David Champion, senior director of the Consumer Reports Automotive Test Center.

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