Subaru recalls 633,842 vehicles in the U.S.

2011 Subaru Forester

Subaru is recalling 633,842 cars in the United States due to a faulty puddle light that could short-circuit and possibly lead to smoke and/or fire.

The affected vehicles include the 2009 through 2012 Forester, 2006 through 2012 Tribeca and the 2010 through 2011 Legacy and Outback. All models are equipped with an optional accessory light.

"A short circuit can develop when either the puddle light or 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," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem.

"Over time, migration of the moisture into the circuit board and/or into the connector cavity, may result in a short circuit of the puddle light system. This may generate heat which may melt the plastic resulting in smoke or fire."

There have been no reports of accidents or injuries related to the issue, but there was one report of smoke, a Subaru spokesman said.

The recall is expected to begin on February 2013 and dealers will install an additional fused-harness, free of charge. For more information, owners can contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783 or NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236.

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