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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,377 miles

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2008 Subaru Impreza seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2008 Subaru Impreza Owner Comments

problem #15

Nov 032016

Impreza

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Takata recall. The contact owns a 2008 Subaru Impreza. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V358000 (air bags) and stated that the part needed for the repair was not available. The contact stated that the manufacture exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Kailua, HI, USA

problem #14

Sep 192016

Impreza

  • miles
Takata recall. Subaru dealership has been unable to estimate when the remedy will be available, more than two months after notifying me of the defect with the takata-sourced passenger side frontal air bag. In the meantime, we are told not to allow passengers in the front passenger seat. The loss of passenger capacity is disruptive to the Transport of my family and a school carpool. I believe Subaru is obligated to tell customers exactly when these vehicles will again be safe.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #13

Jul 012016

Impreza

  • miles
Takata recall ntsb 16-359 zone B driving with small children in the vehicle and my dealer, annapolis Subaru, tells me they don't have the replacement air bags yet. Very concerned

- Severna Park, MD, USA

problem #12

Aug 012016

Impreza 4-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Letter from congresswoman frankel on behalf of constituent re 2008 Subaru Impreza takata airbag recall issues. The consumer received a recall letter, regarding the air bags. However, the parts were not available. Updated 09/21/16.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #11

Aug 092016

Impreza

  • miles
Takata recall: Was told it could take up to a year for the parts to become available. What is the approved timeline. How can I remedy this faster

- Berkeley, CA, USA

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problem #10

Jun 102016

Impreza

  • miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2008 Subaru Impreza. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V359000 (air bags); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Euclid, OH, USA

problem #9

Apr 052016

Impreza

  • 80,500 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owned a 2008 Subaru Impreza. While driving in inclement weather, the vehicle was involved in a side impact collision. The air bags did not deploy. The vehicle was towed to a salvage yard where it was deemed destroyed. A police report was filed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The driver suffered from a concussion from hitting the driver side window. Medical attention was required. The failure mileage was approximately 80,500.

- Granby, CO, USA

problem #8

Sep 232011

Impreza

  • 8,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Subaru Impreza. The contact stated that another vehicle came across three lanes of oncoming traffic and caused a crash. The other vehicle crashed into the front of the contact's vehicle and the air bags did not deploy. The driver sustained major injuries. A police report was filed. The manufacturer was contacted and stated that the impact did not meet the specifications that would warrant air bag deployment. The approximate failure mileage was 8,000.

- Sequim, WA, USA

problem #7

Jan 162009

Impreza

  • miles
I was involved in a direct head-on mvc traveling 35 mph(at time of impact). The front passenger was wearing the seatbelt appropriately. The airbags did not deploy and the front passenger's head made contact with dash. This passenger did sustain a moderate neck injury presenting the following morning requiring evaluation and treatment in an emergency department. There was significant damage to the front of the car and the car is not drivable.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #6

Oct 262008

Impreza

  • 200 miles
2008 Subaru Impreza front passenger air bag sensor turns off and on while my wife 5'1" 110 lbs sits in front passenger seat. Dealership originally stated the sensor is set to detect 80lbs. Dealership is now stating sensor is set to 125 lbs and nothing can be done to remedy this situation.

- Walnut Creek, CA, USA

problem #5

Jul 272008

Impreza

  • 3,856 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The passenger air bag on my new 2008 Subaru Impreza hatchback which I purchased July 27, 2008 is set for a 125 pound person according to the dealer. My wife weighs between 120 and 130 pounds so the bag goes on and off intermittently and randomly.

- Los Gatos, CA, USA

problem #4

May 302008

Impreza

  • 100 miles
Sensor for passenger airbag will not keep the airbag armed at all times. Passenger weighs 110 pounds.

- Johnston, RI, USA

problem #3

Jul 202008

Impreza

  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Subaru Impreza. While stopped at a red light, a drunk driver struck the contact's vehicle head on towards the front passenger side. The drunk driver was traveling 55 mph at the time of impact. The vehicle sustained a large amount of damage and the air bags failed to deploy. The contact filed a complaint with the manufacturer of the vehicle. The vehicle is currently located at a shop being repaired. The driver and one adult passenger were both airlifted to the hospital; however, the injuries were non critical. A police report was filed. The current and failure mileages were 15,000.

- Medsford, OR, USA

problem #2

Mar 162008

Impreza

  • 3,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Subaru Impreza. The contact stated that the air bag light illuminates to the on position intermittently. The vehicle has been taken to a dealer twice, but the cause of the failure was not identified. There are no recalls on the vehicle relating to this failure. The VIN was unknown. The current mileage was 5,500 and failure mileage was 3,000.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #1

May 152008

(reported on)

Impreza

  • miles
2008 Subaru Impreza with bad airbag protection on passenger side. Passenger airbag sensor sporadically goes on and off when his wife is in the passenger seat. He states it isn't safe for adults that may weigh 125 pounds.

- Canton, NY, USA

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