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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 #2

Jun 012003


  • miles


My parents recently gave my daughter a 1998 Subaru Forester and she is having problems getting the baby's carseat to tighten down properly. I emailed Subaru about this problem and they suggested using a rolled towel to fill the void and make it tighter. She has taken the car to serveral dealerships and they say they know of no problems. Is the rolled towel safe to use? she makes sure that her carseat is properly installed, even purchasing a ratcheting system to tighten. We are very concerned about this, even to the point of selling the car.

- Abingdon, VA, USA

problem #1

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Forester 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Unable to fit child car seat in to back seat because of seat belt positioning/design.

- Upland, CA, USA

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