Subaru to recall 1.3M Impreza, Crosstrek, Forester cars and crossovers in U.S.

Subaru will recall about 1.3 million compact cars and crossover SUVs built in Japan between 2008 and 2017 to rectify an issue that could prevent their brake lights from illuminating.

The recall covers certain Impreza, Crosstrek, and Forester models built during that time period, although not every vehicle is affected. Specifically, the recall covers certain 2013 to 2017 Crosstreks, 2008 to 2016 Imprezas, and 2014 to 2016 Foresters.

At fault is a brake light switch located behind the brake pedal that may cease working if silicone-based cleaning lubricants are used and leak into the component. If the switch stops working, the brake lights will not illuminate. Subaru will instruct its dealers to replace the switch for free on the recalled vehicles.

Subaru said that the brakes will continue to work, even if the lights do not illuminate.