really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,015 miles

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2003 Subaru Legacy seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Subaru Legacy Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 092010

Legacy 4-cyl

  • 158,000 miles


Vehicle involved in one car crash on a graded dirt road at night; overcorrected to the left after right passenger front wheel went slightly into shallow ditch on right side of road. Extensive right front bumper damage, crush to right front passenger door, and displacement of console toward driver seat belt anchor. Air bags failed to deploy resulting in the drivers forehead hitting steering wheel with traumatic brain injury (concussion) and possible linear skull fracture. Seat belt was worn. (pictures of post-crash vehicle, driver and head strike-zone available). Updated 05/12 /11

- Poland, ME, USA

problem #1

Jul 162003

Legacy 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30 miles
Air bags failed to deploy in mva that probably totaled my 2003 Subaru Legacy wagon(no official word from adjuster yet). Hit by a drunk driver(blood alcohol level.3). Hit by an '83 Chevy citation with no front bumper. He was going 40-45 mph, I was braking madly from 42 mph. Subaru says sensors are mounted on bumper, but even so, what about SUVS and trucks. I was very lucky and walked away with minimal injuries, but this failure could have killed someone else. Please look into it asap.+

- Ashland, OR, USA

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