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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,800 miles

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2012 Subaru Forester body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2012 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #1

May 222012

Forester 4-cyl

  • 2,800 miles


While opening the driver's side door, the top, right corner of the door struck my forehead, causing a gash just above my right eyebrow that required six stitches to close. A little lower and the sharp, pointed corner of the door frame could have caused the loss of my right eye. The problem is with the design of the door frame. In order to open the door, one must reach for the door handle and, in doing so, lean in toward the door. When the door is opened, if one is not standing back far enough, the door will hit the person opening the door. The design is common to both the driver's side and front passenger side doors. I inquired with kinney motors of rutland, Vermont (802-775-6900), where I purchased my 2012 Subaru Forester to see if there is a fix for the above problem and, while the service manager was polite and tried to be helpful, no fix was available.

- Wells, VT, USA

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