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Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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2002 Subaru Forester seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 012004

Forester 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


When the consumer applied the brakes to avoid another vehicle, he driver lost control of the vehicle and hit a median wall head on. The driver and passenger sustained head and back injuries and was transported by ambulance to the hospital. The vehicle was totaled by the insurance company.

- Boonville, NC, USA

problem #3

Dec 162002


  • miles
Consumer states while driving, the vehicle was in an accident at about 45mph. Vehicle went airborn, the front vehicle axle broke on impact. Both front airbags did not deploy. Dealer notified.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #2

Aug 272002


  • miles
Vehicle involved in a frontal collision at approximately 55mph with an elk. Both drvr and passenger air bags did not deploy. Consumer contacted manufacturer, who advised consumer that air bags were not designed to deploy for collisions with animals.

- Tabernash, CO, USA

problem #1

Aug 022002


  • miles
While driving at speed of 30mph was involved in a frontal collision and neither air bag deployed. Dealer has been notified. If you have any additional information feel free to add/.

- Oraedell, NJ, USA

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