A problem with a subwoofer is prompting Subaru to recall around 9,000 2015 Subaru WRX and WRX STI sedans.
Government recall documents state that an electrical short could cause the factory-installed trunk subwoofer to overheat and cause a fire. This scenario could potentially happen if items in the trunk, like luggage, cause the subwoofer wiring to contact the subwoofer’s metal frame. If the subwoofer amplifier is damaged it could overheat, increasing fire risk. The NHTSA report states that one issue is the location of the subwoofer and the other is that it lacks insufficient protection from intermittent short.
Subaru started investigating the issue in January 2017 after receiving an owner complaint. The automaker couldn’t ID a cause at the time. Subaru received a second report in May, and after further investigation launched the recall on September 28, 2017.
Subaru says dealers will inspect the subwoofer wire, install a wire retainer clip and replace the subwoofer, as necessary, for free.
Owners are now being notified. They can call the automaker at 800-782-2783, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4263 or visit www.safercar.gov to check their VIN and learn more.
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