TOKYO: Subaru on Thursday (Feb 28) announced a global recall of 2.2 million SUVs, the biggest ever for the company, over a brake light glitch that could affect how the vehicle engines start.

The company said it was recalling 306,728 units of the Impreza and Forester cars in Japan, while the remaining 1.96 million vehicles will be recalled in North America and other regions.

“It is the biggest (recall) as far as the number goes,” a Subaru spokesman told AFP.

No accident has been reported in connection with the problem.

The company said that silicone gases that can come from cleaning products or cosmetics could coat part of the switch for the brake lights, interfering with the lights turning on properly and also engine ignition.