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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,253 miles

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2015 Subaru Forester seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2015 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #8

Jun 012016


  • miles


Within the last year, I have experienced on three separate occasions, instances where the warning lights for various safety systems on my 2015 Subaru Forester will come on, indicating that the system has been disabled due to a malfunction. These lights always come on while driving, within 15 minutes of the car being started. The first two instances related to my air bags being turned off. When brought to a dealership, they had no explanation, and desired $70 to do an electrical assessment. When I brought it in for that, I was told that the car would have to be displaying the light at the time I brought it in, which the indicator light had turned off in between visits. Today, my ABS, traction control, and incline assustance lights came on, indicating that those systems were disabled due to a malfunction. I brought it to my dealer, who told me that the air pressure in the tires was responsible, which ranged from 28lbs to 35 lbs. I had my car serviced at said dealership 2 months ago and the pressure was 35 lbs each. It was suggested to me that the cause of this discrepancy was "parking my car in the sun." Both computer-related problems apparently didn't leave a code to be read, according to the dealership. Any information was wiped when the car was turned off.

- Corvallis, OR, USA

problem #7

Dec 032015


  • 20,000 miles
7 months old, 20,000 miles. Driving 65.6 mph, in light rain with cruise control on. 1st time driving in bad weather, noticed wind or flat tires causing sometimes side shaking. Stopped to check tires. Noticed no wind nor low tires pressure. Continued on. Had used cruise control on and off, and turning on and off the traction switch to find a pattern for the iradic driving. Could not id a cause. Continued driving. Car took a sudden jerk to the left, knew we were going to crash and could not turn steering wheel. 'crash'. we slid 40 feet down the center divide. The front wheels were still pointed straight ahead. The air bags did not deploy. We were lucky. The rear wheels had 'excessive wear', front wheels were in good condition. When the car was torn apart, the main pully had a 1" ding and the fan belt was knocked off the main pully and partically of the 2nd pully. The belt was on all the other pullies.. I believe the traction device malfunctioned when I was in cruise control, the left front wheel hydroplaned. And the brake was applied sending me into a out of control crash, that I could not steer out of. Subaru of America said wet payment, high speed and excessive wear on rear tires caused the accident. They documented the speed and wear of rear tires. Rain was very light, a drizzle. Highway was straight and light traffic. No debre on the highway.

- Shingletown, CA, USA

problem #6

Aug 112015

Forester 4-cyl

  • 3,277 miles
The contact owns a 2015 Subaru Forester. While pulling into a parking space, the vehicle suddenly accelerated and crashed into a brick wall. The contact stated that the air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed and no injuries were sustained. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 3,277....updated 10-13-15 the consumer stated the vehicle was repaired. Updated 10/15/15

- White Plains, NY, USA

problem #5

Jun 012015


  • miles


2015 Subaru Forester. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle air bag system problems. The consumer stated if a passenger is not a certain weight, the air bag system does not register the person sitting in the seat and there air bag is not activated.

- Chino Valley, AZ, USA

problem #4

Feb 272015


  • 25 miles
I would like to make all prospective Subaru forrester owners aware that the front passenger airbag does work if you sit on an additional cushion. These sensors do not work on weight but on some sort of electrostatic sensor that is blocked by any cushion or pillow. This if a dangerous problem for back patients and also for short people who sit on cushions to elevate themselves. Needless to say that, although this is a documented problem the dealer who sold me the car did not notify of this situation although I mentioned that I always sit on a pad because of a fused back. With all the safety notices posted in cars today, this is one problem that needs to be made obvious. Needless to say I have a $35,000 useless vehicle being used as a spare car. I cannot take this car on the road.

- Metairie, LA, USA

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problem #3

Aug 052014

Forester 4-cyl

  • 625 miles
The contact owns a 2015 Subaru Forester. While driving 20 mph through a green light, a vehicle crashed into the driver side of the contact's vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The driver sustained injuries to the head and neck that required medical attention. The vehicle was repaired, but the specifics were unknown. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 625. Updated 07/06/15.

- Waynesburg , PA, USA

problem #2

Dec 092014


  • 2,000 miles
The contact owns a 2015 Subaru Forester. The contact stated that while in park, the vehicle rolled away. As a result, the vehicle crashed into trees and the air bags failed to deploy. A police report was not filed and there were no injuries reported. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 2,000.

- Pleasantville, NY, USA

problem #1

Jul 192014

Forester 4-cyl

  • 100 miles
The vehicle was driven several miles with the passenger sitting on a thin pillow. When arriving at the destination it was noticed that the passenger airbag off light was illuminated. The light is very difficult if even possible to see in the sunshine, so it is unknown how long it had been illuminated. There was no audible indication that was noticed. The vehicle's manual was later read where it was discovered that this is as the vehicle is built, that a passenger needing a pillow must use the back seat. Without that knowledge beforehand and a non-noticeable light, a life was endangered. The secondary complaint is that the manual states to write to "contact the vehicle manufacturer concerning modifications for persons with disabilities that may affect the advanced airbag system." I propose that may have been put in the manual as a legal sidestep and that handicapped persons rights are abused with this design. I recommend writing to that address to see if there is a response. (100 mileage is estimate).

- Chandler, AZ, USA

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