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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,817 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2009 Subaru Forester seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2009 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 292016

Forester 4-cyl

  • miles


Takata recall hello, I received a safety recall notice from Subaru regarding my 2009 Forester. The recall states that parts are not currently available and to not allow passengers to ride in the front passenger seat until the repair is performed. This vehicle is my family's main mode of transportation and it's not feasible to not use the front passenger seat for an unknown period of time. What is Subaru's responsibility as far as making sure that I have a vehicle that is safe for myself and my passengers? I am uncomfortable driving my vehicle at all until the repair is performed as if the passenger occupant sensor were to malfunction during an accident, I (or my passengers) could be seriously hurt or killed by the airbag. Thank you, [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Paso Robles, CA, USA

problem #5

Jul 112016


  • miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2009 Subaru Forester. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V358000 (air bags) and stated that the part was not available within a reasonable time frame to schedule the recall repair. The dealer did not give a specific date for when the part would become available so the contact was unable to determine when the vehicle would be repaired. The contact was also included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V311000 (service brakes, hydraulic) but had not been notified of the recall. The manufacturer was contacted and the contact was unable to reach them for weeks due to a high call volume. The contact was not experiencing a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Rush, NY, USA

problem #4

May 122016

Forester 4-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Subaru Forester. While driving 25 mph, the air bag light illuminated occasionally. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the front passenger side seat bottom had a short in the ods. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 49,000.....updated 07/05/16 the consumer also stated the lights on the instrument panel lit up and the vehicle would stall when coming to a stop. The dealer worked on the battery terminals. However, the problem happened again, twice. Updated 07/14/16.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #3

Oct 162015


  • 81,904 miles


The contact owned a 2009 Subaru Forester. While driving 55 mph, the contact struck a deer and the air bags did not deploy. The vehicle was destroyed. There were no injuries sustained. A police report was filed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The VIN was invalid. The failure mileage was 81,904...updated 03/03/16

- Augusta, WI, USA

problem #2

Feb 012015


  • miles
Why can't the federal government get all car manufactures, using "takata airbags" to recall all of their models to at least check for problems? limiting the recall to specific "humid states" is stupid as people travel from a "good state" to a "humid state', on the list! so far Subaru does not list the 2009 Forester as a model with problems! I only showed an accident, date, & air bags, because it was a required field; no accident or problems with our "Forester"!

- Richmond, VA, USA

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problem #1

Jun 022014


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Subaru Forester. The contact stated that the brake pedal was depressed and the brakes failed to respond as a result the contact crashed into a garage. The air bags did not deploy. A police report was not filed and no injuries were reported. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact mentioned that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V311000 (brakes). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximately failure mileage was 30,000.

- Beaverton, OR, USA

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