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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,138 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Subaru Outback seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #5

May 112006

Outback 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 120,000 miles

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

My child care provider was involved in a single car accident. She was driving approximately 40 mph in wet/rainy conditions when she lost control of the car and hit a tree. This impact caused the car to spin and hit a second tree. The car was totaled and sustained damage to the front end, the passenger door and the driver side door. The most damage was to the front end and the driver side. The air bags failed to deploy and she was knocked unconscious sustaining a severe head injury.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #4

May 152004

Outback

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,691 miles
When driving at low speeds, the vehicle surged forward. This caused the consumer to lose control of the vehicle and hit a light pole head on. Upon impact, both frontal air bags did not deploy. The consumer had the vehicle towed to the insurance company's designated repair facility. This was quickly followed by 2-3 more accelerations in which the vehicle gained speed each time. The vehicle felt as if it were being shifted into the next gear.

- Berkeley, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 202002

Outback

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Vehicle hit an embankment at 15 mph, and airbags failed to deploy. Vehicle was totalled. Consumer suffered neck and knee injuries.

- Meriden, NH, USA

problem #2

Jan 211999

(reported on)

Outback

  • miles
The vehicle was in a head-on collision with a truck that hit vehicle at 50mph, and neither driver's nor passenger's airbags deployed. Car is totaled.

- White Sulfur Springs, WV, USA

problem #1

Jan 211999

(reported on)

Outback

  • miles
The vehicle was in a head-on collision with a truck that hit vehicle at 50mph, and neither driver's nor passenger's airbags deployed. Car is totaled.

- White Sulfur Springs, WV, USA

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