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Fire Risk Prompts Subaru Recall Of Over 600,000 Cars, SUVs

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The Subaru logo is displayed at the carmaker's booth on March 2, 2011 during the preview day ahead of the opening of the Geneva Motor Show in Geneva. The show in the Swiss city is expected to attract 700,000 paying visitors and 260 exhibitors from 31 countries. AFP PHOTO / Sebastian Derungs (Photo credit: SEBASTIAN DERUNGS/AFP/Getty Images)

The Subaru logo is displayed at the carmaker’s booth on March 2, 2011 during the preview day ahead of the opening of the Geneva Motor Show in Geneva. The show in the Swiss city is expected to attract 700,000 paying visitors and 260 exhibitors from 31 countries. AFP PHOTO / Sebastian Derungs (Photo credit: SEBASTIAN DERUNGS/AFP/Getty Images)

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DETROIT (CBSMiami) – A fire risk triggered Subaru to issue a wide-reaching recall that encompasses nearly 634,000 cars and SUVs in the U.S.

Lights beneath the doors can overheat, causing a fire, according to the recall.

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

The company says moisture can get into puddle lights beneath the doors and cause a short circuit that can melt plastic and cause fires.

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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