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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,182 miles

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2010 Subaru Forester accessories - interior problems

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2010 Subaru Forester Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #34

Sep 032016


  • 64,000 miles


About 2 weeks ago the drivers seat started making a squeaking noise when would sit down. After 2 weeks of this squeaking noise, part of the drivers seat frame broke, seems to be a bad weld. When sitting on the seat, the front left side of the seat bottom sinks down. This seems incredibly unsafe and it's something that should never break in the first place. I am the original owner and weigh about 170 lbs. I'm not putting any unusual stress on the seat. Looking online and doing some quick research, I see a lot of fellow 2010 owners who are starting to have the same problem. I will contact soa shortly because I expect them to pay for the repair. A recall would help, there are a lot of people who are having this issue. I can't trust the structural integrity of the drivers seat in a crash at the moment. The collapse of the seat happened when the vehicle was stationary.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #33

Jul 282016


  • miles
It appears seat weld broke on driver's seat where it attaches to bracket. After searching online I found this is very common. It could pose a hazard to the safe operation of the vehicle and potentially come loose in an accident.

- Litchfield, NH, USA

problem #32

May 222016


  • 100,000 miles
Entered vehicle and sat down on drivers seat and there was a loud pop and the left front corner of the driver seat dropped. Removed side cover and found two welds broken from bracket that goes to the seat bottom. After looking on found same issue with other Foresters. The car was bought new and was never abused. Never had a problem with it until now.

- Todd, PA, USA

problem #31

Jan 012015


  • 79,000 miles


When getting into the driver's seat I noticed the left side of my seat was 1-2 inches lower than the right side. When trying to adjust the seat, the controls moved the right side up and down, but the left side remains stationary at the bottom. Also the lumbar support controls no longer function.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #30

Sep 052015


  • 98,000 miles
While sitting stationary in parking lot, drivers power seat suddenly dropped a few inches. Upon inspection I noticed the front bracket which attaches to the underside of the seat had snapped (weld broke on the left side).

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #29

Mar 022016


  • 66,500 miles
Sat down in drivers seat to drive, everything normal. Approx 1.5-2 minutes later while driving straight, approx. 10-15 mph over a slightly bumpy neighborhood street, I hear a small "snap" underneath seat and front left part of driver seat collapses. Seat feels very unstable and off center, almost to the point of being unsafe while turning and using pedals. Upon looking underneath the seat; the front bracket had snapped from the 2 spot welds holding it upright. Can not fix on my own, must be welded.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #28

Feb 282016


  • 60,000 miles


Driver side seat collapsed on front left side offering no support. Awkward seating position. After doing research it seems to be common and is a welding issue. It happens while I was driving making a turn almost causing an accident.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #27

Feb 272015


  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Subaru Forester. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 30 mph, the front driver side seat fractured causing the contact to slide downward. The contact stated that he had to hold himself up using the steering wheel in order to drive. The failure recurred continuously. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 86,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #26

Dec 292015


  • 73,500 miles
While fastening seatbelt, drivers seat, front left corner, made a "snap" noise and dropped slightly under driver's leg; now is unstable, does not support driver's left leg properly, feels uneven and off balance. Vehicle was stationary, in parking lot.

- Uniontown, PA, USA

problem #25

Feb 182016


  • 50,000 miles
The driver's side power seat collapsed for the second time. A few months ago the right side collapsed. I found that the toggle bracket on the upper right seat frame broke loose from the lower scissor assembly that raises and lowers the seat. The toggle bracket is held the the scissor assembly by two spot welds. The spot welds broke loose causing the seat to fail. There was no Subaru tsb or warranty coverage so I removed the seat and rewelded it. Today I noticed that the left side toggle has broken loose at the same two spot welds. These welds are too weak for the application and Subaru Corp should issue a recall. I ask you: Where's the love from Subaru for their customers. There are many complaints for this problem on this govt website and a search on-line will reveal a lot more instances of this problem!

- Chico, CA, USA

problem #24

Jan 102016


  • 71,000 miles


While sitting on the driver's seat, the front left portion of the seat collapsed downward, and now has no support from the frame of the seat. Dealer has confirmed that the welds on the seat bracket have failed. This seems likely to be the result of a factory defect, as this seat has not been abused or had an abnormal amount of weight supported on it. My concern now is in the safety of the restraint system.

- New Braunfels, TX, USA

problem #23

Nov 012015


  • 82,600 miles
The base of the driver's seat has broken loose at the left front corner

- Centennial, CO, USA

problem #22

Jul 272015


  • 89,692 miles
I was driving when suddenly I felt a crack or snap in the lower front left portion of my driver's seat. The front left portion of the seat felt soft, when getting out of the car the seat sagging and shifting (unlike the right side of the seat). According to the dealer, it was due to the failure of a broken bracket or bolt and they will have to replace the front seat frame bracket for $381. There have been many reports of this defect in 2010 Foresters on the internet and on this safety complaint log.

- York Haven, PA, USA

problem #21

Jul 222015


  • 125,000 miles
Drivers side seat cushion collapsed on left side and became loose due to a weld failure on the seat frame. I believe that the loose seat cushion compromises the integrity of the restraint system and warrants a safety recall.

- Green Valley, AZ, USA

problem #20

Jun 152015


  • 58,000 miles
The front left corner of the driver's seat has broken and no longer provides support for your left leg. This corner of the seat collapses towards the floor when minimal force is applied. After investigating, two spot welds underneath the front left corner of the driver's seat have failed and have detached.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #19

Aug 232015


  • 80,000 miles
Failed spot weld on driver's seat left support bracket. Left side of driver's seat collapses down without support.

- Yardley, PA, USA

problem #18

Jan 302015


  • 90,000 miles
Noticed driver's seat (power) was not providing normal support on left side. Assumed it was just age related deterioration at first, but when I investigated I found two welds on the seat frame assembly (pn 64100sc001) had failed. I was concerned that this might have an impact on the performance of the restraint systems and contacted dealer and Subaru to seek assistance in a repair. None was offered. I ordered a replacement factory part from my dealer and notice that the replacement part had been modified by adding a screw to the welds holding the bracket on. Checking on the internet, it appears that this is not an uncommon problem. I was able to replace the seat frame, but this requires removal and disassembly of the seat which is a fairly advanced diy job.

- Hillsboro, OR, USA

problem #17

Jun 302015


  • 62,000 miles
Front left corner of driver seat fell/collapsed. Bracket connected to frame of seat broke away. Will have to be re-welded back to frame.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #16

May 312015


  • 115,231 miles
The spot weld that secures the front right of the driver's seat broke.

- Hayes, VA, USA

problem #15

Jan 062015

Forester 4-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
I got in my car and sat on the drivers seat and the left side of the seat dropped down. It appears that whatever was holding it up let go and now the support is not there. My left leg has no support, it's just resting very low. Not good on my leg or back.

- Milford, MA, USA

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