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Subaru has issued a recall concerning specific Impreza models’ faulty brake lights. The malfunction could lead to accidents, but the fix is rather simple. Here’s what you need to know about the 2023 Subaru Impreza recall and how to get your sedan or hatchback repaired for free.

Details about the 2023 Subaru Impreza recall

2023 Subaru Impreza recall
2023 Subaru Impreza hatchback and sedan models | Subaru of America, Inc.

The 2023 Subaru Impreza recall involves the brake lights. They can activate even if the driver never touches the brake pedal. The issue affects specific sedan and hatchback models.

No accidents have been reported, but that doesn’t mean they couldn’t happen. Many drivers rely on brake lights to know when the car in front is slowing or stopping. If someone is driving behind an Impreza and notices the brake lights are on even though the driver is not slowing, they might assume the driver is riding with their foot on the brake and not intending to stop. That could result in a wreck when the Impreza driver really does slow down or stop.

At this time, the recall includes 4,000 Impreza models. Subaru believes the problem is an “improperly adjusted” stop lamp switch. That’s why the brake lights turn on by themselves.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drivers also could start and shift the transmission out of “Park” without pressing the brake. That could be dangerous because drivers might find the car moving when they thought it was safely parked.

That isn’t the only Subaru model to be hit with a recall recently. 2019 to 2022 Ascent models have a more dangerous problem that prompted the automaker to recall more than 271,000 SUVs. This is due to the risk of fire because an electrical grounding bolt might have been improperly fastened to the cabin heating system. 

In addition, 2017 to 2019 Impreza models were recalled. That problem involves dim headlights. 

How do you know if the recall includes your car?

Though the 2023 Impreza brake light problem could be dangerous, the fix is relatively simple. Subaru needs to adjust the stop lamp switch, and you’ll be on your way. Technicians won’t even need to add or replace parts.

If you have an affected 2023 Subaru Impreza, take it to your local dealer. Recall repairs are free to consumers, so you don’t have to worry about a service bill. 

To find out if your car is included in the recall, you can check the Subaru site by entering your 2023 Impreza’s VIN or calling customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Subaru’s number for this recall is WRI-23. Another option is to call the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153). 

The recall doesn’t officially begin until June 23, 2023. Owners with vehicles included in this recall will be notified by letter. If you wish to get your Impreza fixed sooner, you can ask your dealer to fix the stop lamp switch.

The 2023 Subaru Impreza has high safety ratings

Despite the brake light issue in specific models, the 2023 Subaru Impreza earned a perfect five-star safety score from the NHTSA. This model year has no complaints, investigations, or other recalls. The 2023 Impreza also received five stars on the frontal crash, side crash, and rollover tests. 

In addition, the Impreza is considered a safe vehicle for teens thanks to numerous advanced driver-assistance systems. They include forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.


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