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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 #3

Mar 072002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Airbag light came on. Dealer replaced clockspring assembly.

- Fargo, ND, USA

problem #2

Jul 012001


  • miles
During normal operation of vehicle air bag light on dash board lit up, and horn no longer was functional. Dealership examined vehicle, and informed consumer is would cost $1,000 to correct the problem. Please provide any additional information/attachments.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #1

Mar 062001

Forester 4WD

  • miles
Steering wheel airbag cover has split; a Subaru 3yr/36K warranty item; if car were in crash, wouldn't the airbag possibly cause injury by inflating out of the torn airbag cover on the steering wheel" cannot replace just the cover; will cost $1000+/- to replace the airbag and cover. Shouldn't the original driver airbag assembly be a seatbelt-like warranty item" the plastic cover splits, the airbag could injure in a way not expected, and the manufacturer does not have to provide a warranty for its defective product.

- Fanwood, NJ, USA

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