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Subaru Legacy recall 13V078000

Front Wiper Motor Cover May Catch Fire
Body, Interior & Misc., March 5, 2013

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16 models are being recalled because the front wiper motor could overheat resulting in the bottom cover melting and possibility catching fire.


Owners of affected vehicles have been notified. If you believe you should have been notified and were not, you should contact your Subaru dealer. They may ask for your vehicle identification number (VIN), so please have it handy when you call. The Subaru recall number is WVV-32.


Components inside the front wiper motor cover can overheat and as a result, the wiper motor bottom cover may melt and/or catch fire. This is an expansion of previous a previous recall with 16 vehicles being added. Dealers will replace the front wiper motor bottom cover to correct this concern.

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s): 2012

Mfr's Report Date:
March 5, 2013

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V078000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: VISIBILITY/WIPER

Potential Number of Units Affected: 16

Summary: Subaru is recalling certain model year 2012 Outback and Legacy vehicles manufactured from April 6, 2011, through May 12, 2011. Components inside the wiper motor bottom cover may overheat.

Consequence: If the components overheat, the wiper motor bottom cover may melt and potentially catch fire.

Remedy: Subaru has notified all affected owners, and dealers will replace the front wiper motor bottom cover assembly free of charge. The safety recall began February 22, 2013. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783.

Notes: Subaru's recall campaign number is WVV-32. This is an expansion of NHTSA recall 11V-469. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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