Subaru of America said Thursday it is recalling 50,000 vehicles in North America because the remote engine starter could malfunction and start the vehicle without warning.
The Japanese automaker said the recall covers 47,419 vehicles including the 2012-13 Impreza, 2010-13 Legacy, 2010-13 Outback and 2013 XV Crosstrek. The recall includes 2,819 vehicles in Canada.
The engine may start and run for 15 minutes, and the engine may continue to start and stop until the battery in the key fob dies or the vehicle runs out of gas.
The vehicles could pose a danger if parked in a garage because of a buildup of carbon monoxide, which could cause asphyxiation.
Subaru dealers will replace the key fobs and the recall campaign will begin by the end of April.