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The accessory lights that illuminate the area under the doors are commonly called "puddle" lights. An electrical issue in one or more of these lights can cause the light assembly to overheat and possibly catch fire.
Subaru will notify owners of affected vehicles beginning in February of 2013. If you are experiencing "puddle" light problems, or you don't receive notification and you feel you should have, please contact your dealer. It's helpful to have your vehicle identification number (VIN) when you call. The Subaru recall number is WQE-41.
The accessory lights that illuminate the area under the doors are referred to as "puddle" lights. An electrical short circuit can develop when either the puddle light or its connector are exposed to an electrolytic moisture source (such as road spray that has road salt in it) and it penetrates the circuit board of the puddle light or the pins of the puddle light connector(s). The short circuit can generate heat which may melt the plastic resulting in smoke or fire. Subaru dealers will install an additional fused-harness, to protect the puddle light system.