DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Subaru of America is recalling more than 47,000 cars and SUVs with remote starters because the engines can start on their own.

The recall affects certain Legacy and Outback vehicles from the 2010 to 2013 model years, Impreza cars from 2012 and 2013, and the XV Crosstrek from 2013. The cars all have automatic or continuously variable transmissions.

Subaru says that if the key fob is dropped, it can malfunction and start the engine. The motor will run for up to 15 minutes, but could continue to start and stop until the car runs out of gas or the fob battery dies. If the cars are parked in a garage or other enclosed area, there’s a risk of carbon monoxide buildup which may cause asphyxiation.

There was no mention of injuries related to the recall.

Subaru will begin to notify owners starting in April and dealers will replace the key fobs, free of charge.

For more information, owners can contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783 or visit

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