Common Subaru Airbags And Seat Belts Problems

  1. Melting Dashboards

    Can Subaru dashboards handle the heat? A class-action lawsuit says 2005-2009 Legacy and Outback dashboards melt into a pile of sticky, shiny goo when exposed to heat and humidity.

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  2. Subaru Vehicles with Recalled Takata Airbags

    A large number of Subaru vehicles have been recalled because they contain dangerous airbag inflators made by Takata. The shrapnel-hurling inflators have been recalled in over 37 million vehicles (and counting).

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Where Airbags And Seat Belts Complaints Happen

Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.

Recent Airbags And Seat Belts News

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  1. An investigation looking into OCS airbag-related problems in Subaru's 4th generation Forester has been closed following a recall.

    In the 2015-2018 model years, the passenger airbag would remain disabled even if a passenger was sitting in the seat.…

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  2. Some 4th generation Forester owners say the passenger airbags will stay off, even when there's a passenger in the seat.

    This is likely a sensor issue in the vehicle's capacitive occupant classification system (OCS).…

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  3. Subaru is recalling 783,000 vehicles to replace dangerous Takata airbag inflators.

    This campaign is part of an industry-wide effort involving more than a dozen automakers and 1.7 million vehicles. The chemical inside of Takata airbag inflators can become unstable over time, leading to violent and sometimes deadly airbag deployments. The recall is for both driver and passenger side inflators in certain 2010-2014 model years, but is limited to certain states.

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  4. Subaru may want you to feel the freedom, but even they can't escape a Takata recall.

    By now I'm guessing you've heard about the dangers of Takata airbags, but let's go over a quick recap.…

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  5. This latest round of Takata recalls has been split into what the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is calling "zones" across the country.

    See the full list of recalled vehicles.

    Takata's metal inflators are at risk of exploding because they don't contain a drying agent called desiccate. Over time, the ammonium nitrate inside the inflator can become unstable when exposed to heat and humidity. If they do explode during an airbag deployment, metal shrapnel shoots throughout the cabin, injuring or killing the people inside.…

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  6. 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.

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  7. 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.…

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