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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,000 miles

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2004 Subaru Forester seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 032008

Forester 4-cyl

  • 25,000 miles


The air bag system will not function in the event of a collision due to an electrical connector malfunction. The connector is located under the driver's seat and is constantly stressed by seat movement or contact by the driver's feet. As a result, the air bag warning light is chronically but intermittently on. This has been a problem since first identified when this vehicle was approximately 1 year old. The repair of the connector was eventually ineffective. When the air bag warning light is on the air bags are inactive and will not deploy in the event of a collision.

- San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

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