3.3

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,981 miles

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2008 Subaru Outback seat belts / air bags problems

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2008 Subaru Outback Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #54

Mar 302016

Outback

  • 78,700 miles

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

My 2008 Subaru Outback was in for routine maintenance when the dealer stated a trouble code was being produced by my vehicle. The specific code was 26. I was told this indicated a fault with the passenger side airbag and that it could fail to deploy in the event of an accident. Additionally, they stated that this code would have prevented my car from passing the annual Massachusetts safety inspection and required a repair by replacing the overhead module for a total cost of $360. I find it unacceptable that a safety related issue such as a failure of the passenger air bag to deploy would result in the consumer having to pay the cost of repair.

- Weston, MA, USA

problem #53

May 152015

Outback

  • miles
Bought a used 2008 Subaru Outback in April of 2015, and shortly afterwards began seeing the airbag dash light occasionally upon startup. The airbag light would remain on until the vehicle was turned off, and would often come on and stay on when the vehicle was started again. Overhead passenger airbag indicator also was malfunctioning, and did not indicate on or off. Vehicle was serviced at dealership on 3/22/2016, and the overhead console (part # 92151ag13aor) was replaced to remedy air bag code 26. Total cost was $182.95; $130.45 for the new console, and $52.50 for the labor. This malfunction is far too common in Subaru vehicles across several years, and is an extremely important repair and a dangerous safety concern. The airbag system is inoperable when the dash light is on, and should be a recall situation for all Subaru vehicles that have the defective console.

- Appleton, WI, USA

problem #52

Feb 192016

Outback

  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Subaru Outback. While driving at various speeds, the air bag warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact stated that the failure would occur intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of failure. The failure mileage was 62,000.

- Newton, MA, USA

problem #51

Dec 312015

Outback

  • miles

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

Takata recall - I understand there's a part shortage however, this part has been on order for over 3 months now and the only solution I've been given is to not allow anyone to sit in the passenger seat. Unacceptable.

- Reno, NV, USA

problem #50

Mar 012016

Outback

  • miles
In the event of the crash the front passenger air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking vehicle occupants and potentially causing serious injury or death.

- Woodbury, NY, USA

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problem #49

Mar 112016

Outback 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2008 Subaru Outback. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V323000 (air bags). However, the part needed to repair the vehicle was 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. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect. Updated 06/15/16 the consumer stated the vehicle was repaired. Updated 06/20/16.

- Swoyersville, PA, USA

problem #48

Mar 012016

Outback

  • miles

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

Under Subaru recall campaign wqr53, I was advised by email and postal mail that I should not allow passengers to ride in the front passenger seat until the air bag inflator is replaced by a Subaru dealer. I made an appointment more that a week ago to have the work done only to learn today when I kept the appointment that the dealer did not have the part in stock, and that it would be "weeks and weeks" before the part arrived. I am thereby deprived of the normal, safe use of my car for that time period. The dealer offered a rental car but will not store my car in the interim. I have no place to park an extra car. I would like to receive another form of compensation and thereby be made whole.

- Fairfax, CA, USA

problem #47

Feb 202016

Outback

  • miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2008 Subaru Outback. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V323000 (air bags); however, the part needed to perform the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. The VIN was invalid. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Whitmore Lake, MI, USA

problem #46

May 282015

Outback

  • miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2008 Subaru Outback. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V323000 (air bags); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Glasdonbury, CT, USA

problem #45

May 282015

Outback

  • 0 miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2008 Subaru Outback. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V323000 (air bags) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Larchmont, NY, USA

problem #44

Feb 192016

Outback

  • 94,000 miles

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

Takata recall tried to schedule this recall repair and the local dealership states they don't have parts to fix this, even stating that the part hasn't been designed yet. On the recall notice it says, "what you should do...until this repair is performed, do not allow passengers to ride in the front passenger seat." This means to me that Subaru owes me a loaner car until the part can be replaced, because my current car is not safe to drive. I have a family of four, including two young children in car seats in the back. They owe me a car, if they can't replace the part yet they say this car is not safe to drive. Subaru recall campaign wqr53 NHTSA recall no. 15V-323

- Concord, NH, USA

problem #43

Feb 192016

Outback

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Subaru Outback. The contact received a recall notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V323000 (air bags); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Belmont, CA, USA

problem #42

Feb 192016

Outback

  • miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2008 Subaru Outback. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V323000 (air bags); however, the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Salsibury, CT, USA

problem #41

Feb 182016

Outback

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Subaru Outback. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V323000 (air bags); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Beulah, CO, USA

problem #40

Feb 182016

Outback

  • miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2008 Subaru Outback. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V323000 (air bags) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Concord, MA, USA

problem #39

Jan 222016

Outback

  • miles
Takata recall dealer said that they do not have parts to perform recall service and that it will be months before parts arrive.

- Draper, UT, USA

problem #38

Dec 202015

Outback

  • 48,000 miles
The airbag warning light occasionally illuminates while driving or idling and can remain on for minutes, hours, or consistently over consecutive driving days. In some instances, illumination occurs during cold and/or humid weather. The problem is suspected to be caused by a failure in the overhead/map lamp assembly pc board. Upon visual inspection of the board, numerous surface mount components had solder cracks at their component terminals. There was no apparent physical damage to the map lamp assembly enclosure.

- Boulder, CO, USA

problem #37

Nov 032015

Outback

  • 43,000 miles
The airbag light on the front dash comes on without any crash or front end impact. My vehicle has 45K miles on it. According to my research, this is a well known problem that has not been addressed by Subaru. The Subaru dealer diagnoses this as a code 26 which requires the overhead console to be replaced at a cost of about $400. This is an unsafe condition in which the airbags will not deploy in an accident unless the overhead console is replaced. A safety recall seems warranted given the number of Subaru consumers experiencing this problem, and the compromise in safety that could result from neglecting to get it replaced

- Chino Hills, CA, USA

problem #36

Nov 182015

Outback

  • 76,740 miles
The airbag light came on without any crash or front end impact. The diagnostic code indicates that it is the passenger air bag module. It is a hard fault since it is unable to be cleared. According to my research this is a well known problem that has not been addressed by Subaru. This is my daughter's car. According to technician, this is an unsafe condition in which the airbags will not deploy.

- Lancaster, PA, USA

problem #35

Nov 042014

Outback

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Subaru Outback. The contact stated that the air bag warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the over ead console needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Holton, ME, USA

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