An occupant classification system needs to be able to identify any passenger in the front seat — yes, even the ones that put their feet on your dashboard. That identification is used to determine whether or not to deploy the airbag in a crash.
When owners start questioning if that system is working correctly, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) usually takes notice. That’s exactly what’s happening with over 33,000 2012 Subaru Impreza sedans.
NHTSA opened their investigation after receiving multiple reports of the airbag light switching on and off with a passenger in the seat the whole time. NHTSA says Subaru has known about the problem since 2012 when they sent a Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) to dealers discussing the issue.
If a defect exists or a recall is ordered, we’ll let you know about it.