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NHTSA — Parking Brake: Conventional: Mechanical: Linkage And Cable Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,000 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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2001 Subaru Outback brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 122004

Outback 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


My 4 yr old son went into this car which was in park in our driveway. The keys were not in the car. He bumped into the shift mechanism which subsequently allowed the car to drift backwards from the slight grade. Fortunately, there was no injury, but there was considerable damage and under different conditions, it could have been tragic. The car was returned to suburu who verified that the safety interlock was not operating as designed. Suburu insists that this safety interlock is not their responsibility as the car is beyond the general 3 yr, 36,000 mile warranty (the car has approx 46,000 miles). They have no explanation other than a pin came disconnected.

- Gillette, NJ, USA

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