Skip to comments.Subaru Recalls Cars as Some Perfumes Cause Malfunctions: Could affect up to 2.3 million vehicles
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 softenerthey 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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do not used cented toilet paper.
That must have been crazy to diag-nose.
The inspiration for a whole new excuse for “parking.”
“Baby, the car won’t start. It’s your sweater, it has to go...”
"Subaru. Quality is not our job"
like the script for a bad porno :)
“Baby, we GOTTA ride nekkid, or the car won’t start.”
Pot Smoke? No wonder the roadway shoulders in VT. are littered with these cars.
“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.
I’m starting on a script right now. :)
Perfume makes car dangerous, ANY clothing that MAY have perfume on it has to come off!
“wearing perfume or a sweater treated with fabric softenerthey could prevent the engine from starting.”
Well, thats a bit of a defect.
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?
Subaru seems to be made from the cheapest of plastics.
“do not used cented toilet paper.”
Yeah, those pennies might cause damage.
“do not used cented toilet paper.”
I always use the 10 cent stuff....LOL....
Don’t take Hillary for a ride in your Subaru.
I guess they don’t want French hookers driving their cars.
I LOVE my Subaru. Luckily, mine is a 2015 ‘Legacy’ which appears to be unaffected by any of this.
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