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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,500 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Subaru Outback seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #8

Aug 262016


  • miles


Takata recall

- Whitesburg, TN, USA

problem #7

Jul 012016


  • 140,000 miles
Takata recall: The passenger side air bag needs to be replaced. Subaru have told me that they do not have the parts needed for this recall. My wife and I are over seventy and I need to use this vehicle with her in the passenger seat. If replacement is currently impossible, Subaru needs to provide me with a loaner.

- Anacortes, WA, USA

problem #6

Aug 152016


  • miles
Takata recall: Subaru has sent me a letter informing me of the recall. They further state that I should not drive with a passenger, and that they don't have parts to effect repairs. This is unacceptable. What car should I drive when my family needs to go somewhere?

- Weaverville, NC, USA

problem #5

Jul 272016


  • miles


Takata recall--this is my only mode of transportation. I've read of the deaths from explosion of the takata air bags which could hit anyone in the car. I feel it very unsafe for me and my passengers to ride in this car which makes my car unusable. Subaru has no date in site as to when they can replace this defective air bag. I was about to sell my car, but now it has no value nor would anyone want to buy it or ride in it. I find that having no remedy unsatisfactory as well as having no safe transportation. What am I to do?

- East Falmouth, MA, USA

problem #4

Aug 082016


  • miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2003 Subaru Outback. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V3410000 (air bags); however, the parts to do the repair were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Topsham, ME, USA

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problem #3

May 242016


  • miles
Takata recall, I want to make sure my vehicle is not affected. If so, then I want the faulty air bags replaced at no charge to me.

- Clifton, NJ, USA

problem #2

Aug 062015


  • 160,000 miles
Takata recall this may pertain to the takata air bag recall. My wife and I were in a "T-bone" type collision at ~45 mph and the driver and passenger airbags failed to deploy in our 2003 Outback. When I check the VIN I did not see any open recalls nor did I ever receive any recall notifications for the car.

- Laramie, WY, USA

problem #1

Apr 012015


  • miles
This car is on the list for recall, but when I put in the VIN it says that there is no open recalls. What gives" I have contacted Subaru of America and they confirm that my car has a takata airbag inflator on the passenger side. Why am I not getting a recall notice"

- Redding, CA, USA

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