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Subarus recalled due to fire risk

DETROIT — Subaru is recalling nearly 634,000 cars and SUVs in the United States because lights under doors can overheat and catch fire.

The recall affects all Outback and Legacy cars from model years 2010 and 2011; Tribeca SUVs from 2006 through 2012; and Forester SUVs from 2009 through 2012. Subaru says the Tribecas and Foresters were sold before January 2012.

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The company says moisture can get into puddle lights beneath the doors and cause a short circuit. Only 54,000 of the vehicles have the lights. But Subaru will ask all owners to take their cars in for inspection. Subaru said there have been no crashes or fires because of the problem, discovered after complaints about smoke in a few vehicles.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says on its website that Subaru will install an additional fuse at no cost to the owners. The recall is expected to begin in February.

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