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.
2010 Subaru Tribeca Recalls
Subaru has recalled 2010 Tribeca passenger models because the front door latch cables were improperly positioned during production. The cable may "catch" in the door glass regulator when opening or closing a window, which can cause the door to open unexpectedly. If this happens, the occupant could be ejected from the car or may be unable to open the door to exit the vehicle. Subaru will notify owners and dealers and will repair the problem free of charge.