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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
88,667 miles

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2003 Subaru Impreza seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Subaru Impreza Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 262016


  • 140,000 miles


Takata air bag did not deploy. Side impact sensor did not work. The car traveled sideways into a large oak tree in excess of 35 mph. The point of impact was where the side impact sensor was located. None of the airbags deployed. Subaru has been very uncooperative with answers as to why the airbags did not deploy. This happened upon a rural road in the fog. No other vehicles were involved.

- Putnam, IL, USA

problem #2

Jan 272013


  • 126,000 miles
Car was involved in a head on crash at about 45 mph into a fire hydrant in the city of bell. None of the airbags expanded at the time of the crash. Safety issue.

- Bell, CA, USA

problem #1

May 122003


  • miles
While driving, the air bag light illuminated on the dashboard.

- Dawson Springs, KY, USA

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