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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
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1998 Subaru Forester seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 132003

Forester 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


My spouse had a minor accident with our 1998 Subaru Forester. The frontal impact caused both air bags to deploy. The passenger side air bag when it deployed broke the front right side (passenger side) door window and the rear view mirror. No one was seating in the front passenger seat. I believe this is a defect that may be a result of the air bag improperly installed or aligned.

- Chesterfield, MO, USA

problem #3

Mar 052001

Forester 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
There is a four (4) inch long seam developing on driver's side airbag. The lower seam of cover which could blow out if air bag deploys was being replaced by the dealer.

- Fanwood, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jul 201999


  • miles
No deployment of air bags during vehicle collision.

- West Haven, CT, USA

problem #1

Jul 201999


  • miles
No deployment of air bags during vehicle collision.

- West Haven, CT, USA

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