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Subaru Recalls Cars as Some Perfumes Cause Malfunctions: Could affect up to 2.3 million vehicles
Wall Street Journal ^ | March 1, 2019 | Chieko Tsuneoka

Posted on 03/01/2019 11:29:42 AM PST by billorites

If you drive a Subaru, you may want to avoid wearing perfume or a sweater treated with fabric softener—they could prevent the engine from starting.

Subaru Corp. said Friday it plans to recall as many as 2.3 million Impreza and Forester vehicles world-wide after discovering that certain chemical compounds released by everyday products such as cosmetics, fabric softener or car polish could cause parts to malfunction.

These malfunctions could affect a brake-light switch that is also involved in starting the engine or cause a vehicle-stability warning light to flash unnecessarily, the Japanese auto maker said.

No accidents related to the problems have been reported, the company said.

If all the affected vehicles were to be recalled it would be the second-largest such action by Subaru, after the recall connected to faulty air bags made by Takata.

Subaru, which generates two-thirds of its sales in the U.S., has been plagued by a series of quality-related issues since late 2017, including falsifying fuel-efficiency data and conducting quality checks improperly. In January, the auto maker shut down its two Japanese factories for nearly two weeks over trouble with the power steering in Forester, Impreza and Crosstrek models.

The problems have contributed to a sharp fall in profitability. Operating profit, which peaked at about $5 billion in the year ended in March 2016, is expected to reach only about one-third of that level in the current fiscal year ending in March.

Subaru filed a recall notice Thursday covering around 300,000 vehicles in Japan made between 2008 and 2017. Nearly two million additional vehicles affected by the latest problem could also be recalled, but the company said Friday it is still weighing its options in the U.S. and other countries.

The auto maker said it received complaints about the issue as early as 2013s.

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TOPICS: Japan; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: automobiles; autos; crosstrek; elonmusk; faultyairbags; forester; impreza; japan; model3; scoobydoos; subaru; takata; tesla
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1 posted on 03/01/2019 11:29:42 AM PST by billorites
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do not used cented toilet paper.


2 posted on 03/01/2019 11:31:28 AM PST by mplc51
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That must have been crazy to diag-nose.


3 posted on 03/01/2019 11:32:47 AM PST by CJ Wolf
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To: billorites

The inspiration for a whole new excuse for “parking.”

“Baby, the car won’t start. It’s your sweater, it has to go...”


4 posted on 03/01/2019 11:34:02 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: billorites

"Subaru. Quality is not our job"

5 posted on 03/01/2019 11:34:19 AM PST by ssaftler (Beam me up, Scotty! There's no intelligent life left in this country!)
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To: Army Air Corps

ROFL!!

like the script for a bad porno :)


6 posted on 03/01/2019 11:35:26 AM PST by dp0622 (The Left should know if.. Trump is kicked out of office, it is WAR!)
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To: billorites

This stinks...


7 posted on 03/01/2019 11:37:32 AM PST by DoughtyOne
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To: dp0622

“Baby, we GOTTA ride nekkid, or the car won’t start.”


8 posted on 03/01/2019 11:39:11 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: billorites
certain chemical compounds released by everyday products such as cosmetics, fabric softener or car polish could cause parts to malfunction.

Pot Smoke? No wonder the roadway shoulders in VT. are littered with these cars.

9 posted on 03/01/2019 11:40:16 AM PST by 1Old Pro
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“If you drive a Subaru, you may want to avoid wearing perfume ...”

Won’t be a problem for feminists - it’s hard enough to convince them to put on deodorant.


10 posted on 03/01/2019 11:41:48 AM PST by BobL (I eat at McDonald's and shop at Walmart - I just don't tell anyone.)
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To: Army Air Corps

LOL

I’m starting on a script right now. :)

Perfume makes car dangerous, ANY clothing that MAY have perfume on it has to come off!


11 posted on 03/01/2019 11:41:52 AM PST by dp0622 (The Left should know if.. Trump is kicked out of office, it is WAR!)
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To: billorites

“wearing perfume or a sweater treated with fabric softener—they could prevent the engine from starting.”

Well, thats a bit of a defect.


12 posted on 03/01/2019 11:43:01 AM PST by V_TWIN
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To: billorites

Curious IF it has something to do with the much bally-hoo’d alcohol sensors demanded by well intended liberals to prevent they whom may intend to drive while intoxicated from being able to start their vehicles?


13 posted on 03/01/2019 11:44:21 AM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists call 'em what you will they all have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: billorites

Subaru seems to be made from the cheapest of plastics.


14 posted on 03/01/2019 11:45:59 AM PST by CodeToad ( Hating on Trump is hating on me and America!.)
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To: mplc51

“do not used cented toilet paper.”

Yeah, those pennies might cause damage.


15 posted on 03/01/2019 11:46:32 AM PST by CodeToad ( Hating on Trump is hating on me and America!.)
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To: billorites
How is the car affected by breaking wind?
16 posted on 03/01/2019 11:47:26 AM PST by NobleFree ("law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual")
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To: mplc51

“do not used cented toilet paper.”

I always use the 10 cent stuff....LOL....


17 posted on 03/01/2019 11:48:01 AM PST by litehaus (A memory toooo long.............)
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To: billorites

Don’t take Hillary for a ride in your Subaru.


18 posted on 03/01/2019 11:48:51 AM PST by Slyfox (Not my circus, not my monkeys)
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To: billorites

I guess they don’t want French hookers driving their cars.


19 posted on 03/01/2019 11:51:53 AM PST by I want the USA back (Lying Media: willing and eager allies of the hate-America left.)
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To: billorites

I LOVE my Subaru. Luckily, mine is a 2015 ‘Legacy’ which appears to be unaffected by any of this.


20 posted on 03/01/2019 11:54:37 AM PST by Bullish (My tagline ran off with another man.)
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