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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,167 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 #6

Sep 202004

Outback 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles

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

Driver lost control of vehicle. Vehicle struck stationary object at aprox. 15 mph. Airbag failed to deploy. Significant front end and undercarriage damage.

- Cushing, ME, USA

problem #5

Oct 122002

Outback

  • miles
Consumer states that while driving at any speed and no warning the air bag light comes on and the air bag could be inoperative in the event of a vehicle accident. Dealer notified.

- Milford, CT, USA

problem #4

Feb 262001

Outback 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Airbag light came on while driving vehicle. Took vehicle to dealer, and dealer said module was defective and needed to be replaced. Consumer concerned that airbags won't work. The air bag module was replaced.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #3

Dec 012000

Outback

  • miles

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

Consumer was involved in a head on collision, however the airbags experienced no deployment.

- East Dennis, MA, USA

problem #2

Mar 051998

Outback

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
No deployment of air bag during accident.

- Los Angele, CA, USA

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problem #1

Sep 041998

(reported on)

Outback

  • miles
Manual states that no child younger than age 12 be seated in front because of possible injury which can occur during deployment of air bag. Concern about air bag safety (other than short person). Added on 09-07-1999.

- Washington, DC, USA

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