Subaru, Nissan, Infiniti, Ford recall vehicles



DETROIT — Subaru is recalling more than 47,000 cars and SUVs with remote starters because the engines can start on their own.

The recall affects some 2012-13 Legacy and Outback cars, the 2012-13 Impreza and the 2013 XV Crosstrek.

If the key fob is dropped, it can malfunction and start the engine. The car 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, carbon monoxide could build up.

The cars all have automatic or continuously variable transmissions. Subaru dealers will replace the fobs free of charge.

Nissan, Infiniti

DETROIT — Nissan is recalling five of its 2013 models because a faulty sensor can turn off the front-seat passenger air bag.

The recall covers the midsize Altima midsize, the Leaf electric, Pathfinder SUV and the Sentra compact; also covered is the Infiniti JX35 SUV. Nissan says it hasn’t determined the number of vehicles affected by the recall.

Front passenger seats have sensors that determine the passenger’s weight and turn off air bags off if a child is on board. The malfunctioning sensors can turn the air bags off permanently.

Dealers will inspect the sensors in April and replace them free of charge if necessary.

Ford, Mercury

DETROIT — Ford is recalling 230,000 minivans in 20 cold-weather states and Washington, D.C., to fix rust problems that can cause the third-row seats to come loose.

The recall affects 2004-07 Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey minivans. They were sold where salt is used to clear roads in the winter but could be in the South.

Dealers will install new seat mounting brackets. Owners will be notified by letter this month.