2012 Subaru Impreza Long Term Road Test

2012 Subaru Impreza: Recalled for Defective Key Fob

March 26, 2013

2012 Subaru Impreza

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Subaru has recalled 47,419 vehicles because of a key fob defect that could cause the fob to malfunction and inadvertently start the engine. Affected models include the 2010-'13 Subaru Legacy and Outback, certain 2012-'13 Subaru Imprezas and the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek.

All the affected Subarus are outfitted with an Audiovox remote engine-starter accessory.

"If the (remote engine starter) fob is dropped, the fob may malfunction and randomly transmit an engine start request without pushing the button," said NHTSA. "The engine may inadvertently start and run for up to 15 minutes. The engine may continue to start and stop until the battery is depleted or until the vehicle runs out of fuel."

Owners will be notified by Subaru, and the fobs will be replaced free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by the end of April 2013. Click here for more information.

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor @ 17,045 miles

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