Subaru’s Airbags Disabled by Cell Phones?

Did you hear about the strange recall Subaru issued for the 2012 Impreza? It involves airbags, metal and phone chargers.

“Subaru is recalling the cars after finding what can only be described as a strange cause for the airbag failures. The automaker says the airbag occupant detection system can fail if a front seat passenger uses a cell phone or other device that is plugged into the power outlet.”

Considering most of us have cell phones nowadays, this is a big deal.

The recall was announced back in July 2015, so you should have received a notice by now. This is a reminder for anyone who hasn’t heard or received their repairs yet. Full details are available on, or you can call Subaru at 800-782-2783 and make reference to recall number WQT-55.