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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,744 miles

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2008 Subaru Outback seat belts / air bags problems

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2008 Subaru Outback Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #72

Feb 012016

Outback

  • miles

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

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 connect.

- Carlsbad, CA, USA

problem #71

Oct 152016

Outback

  • 80,240 miles
We were contacted to have passenger airbag replaced. They have not contacted us in several months.

- El Sobrante, CA, USA

problem #70

Oct 252015

Outback

  • 105,275 miles
Nothing happened yet, just want the airbag replaced.

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #69

Feb 152016

Outback

  • miles

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

Takata recall. The contact owns a 2008 Subaru Outback. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 15V323000 (air bags) and stated that the part needed was unavailable to perform the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Upperville, VA, USA

problem #68

Feb 012016

Outback

  • miles
I received a passenger airbag recall letter in February 2016. The letter informed me that there was a parts shortage, so the repair could not be performed. The recall letter warned me that I should not allow passengers to ride in the front passenger seat. I have not received a follow-up letter advising me that the parts supply has improved and I can schedule an appointment for repair. I'd like a timely resolution to this issue so I can fully utilize my vehicle without risk to passengers.

- Portland, ME, USA

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problem #67

Aug 312016

Outback

  • miles
All of below: Since early original ownership, for years Subaru dismissed repeated reporting of (moving, stationary, all roads): Takata recall airbag warning light illumination. Only after national airbag recall did Subaru recognize concern and address. Subaru recently has serviced airbag twice. Both times, shortly after service dash warning lights illuminated: Airbag, cruise, check engine. Also, erratic cruise function and engine clicking noise (moving, all roads) resulted. For numerous weeks, Subaru has been refusing to fix lethal airbag/S and remedy damage/concerns resulting from airbag service. Subaru seeks payment for diagnosis (and presumably, subsequent service) of airbag and related damage/concerns and a written waiver for this service and any future service needs as condition of service. Brakes rusting, squealing, sponginess. Weeks before warranty expired Subaru dismissed issues. Weeks after warranty, (at some 25K miles) Subaru sought to sell some $1900 in new brakes or new car. Subaru relented months later, addressing concern. Thereafter, following the national brakes recall, Subaru reported no service needed on second full set of brakes. This month replaced 4 rotors (and pads)¿this is the third time 4 rotors installed on original-ownership car with some 65K miles. Engine's loud rattling, gurgling. Subaru eventually admitted and serviced heatshield defect. Subaru has stated repeatedly heatshield issue can¿T be resolved. After three services, Subaru reported related engine damage: Oil leak and catalytic. Chronic heatshield and related damage/concerns ongoing. Windshield interior pooling water and icing (needing scraping off despite winter-package windshield heating), as well as exterior windshield seal sliding freely. Only after shield spontaneously cracked did Subaru recognize issues and address.

- Portland, ME, USA

problem #66

Aug 012016

Outback

  • miles

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

Takata recall I 1st contacted parker Subaru, coeur D'alene, Idaho, approx March 2016 and gave my name etc to parts personnel. Told it would.be at.least a.couple of months I waited until end.of may to check in again. No record of my previous contact could be found so we did it again & to be sure I also submitted an online request for the same parts around that time. Called back today 8/01/2016, the good.news is that we are.on the list, @ #332. I asked what # they're up to I was told 30. That parts have been slow coming in etc. If so, it's not their fault, but it is unacceptable that I should have to wait another 6mo to a year for my repair.

- Hayden, ID, USA

problem #65

Dec 302015

Outback

  • 36,000 miles
Takata recall: The replacement of these defective airbags is taking way to long! this is a dangerous situation and something needs to be done to remedy this! there has to be more manufacturers than takata. What airbags is Subaru putting in their new cars? they haven't stopped selling new vehicles because of the airbags! they should be forced to put the new airbags in the recalled cars! this needs to be addressed right away, there is no excuse for this, Subaru sales have not been put on hold and we shouldn't be put on hold either!!

- Graham, WA, USA

problem #64

Jul 062016

Outback 4-cyl

  • miles
Takata recall Subaru sent me a recall notice in Feb-16. In the notice they said "what you should do: We are currently experiencing a parts shortage...until this repair is performed, do not allow passengers to ride in the front passenger seat. As the parts supply improves, you will be notified with another letter advising you to schedule an appointment...to have the front passenger airbag inflator replaced..." basically, in a bid to avoid responsibility, they advised me to cut my passenger carrying capacity by 25%. I have been waiting patiently for the follow up letter to let me know to schedule the service, but nothing has arrived. I just looked online for an update and found a reddit thread that said the parts are available, you just need to schedule service, and Subaru won't be sending a follow up letter. This is inexcusable. You have people still using their vehicles with a defective airbag that could kill or maim. Subaru is sitting on their stock of airbag inflators and not notifying their customers to schedule service. I expect you, the NHTSA to oversee this critical recall and make Subaru communicate with their customers, or if they won't, do it on their behalf. Thank you for helping to keep us safe!

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #63

Feb 222016

Outback 4-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Subaru Outback. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 15V323000 (air bags) and stated that the part needed was unavailable to perform the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect. Updated 09/06/16 updated 09/08/16.

- Oberlin, OH, USA

problem #62

Feb 012016

Outback

  • miles

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

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 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.

- Juneau, AK, USA

problem #61

Feb 022016

Outback

  • miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2008 Subaru Outback. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V323000 (air bags) and stated that the part needed for the repair was not available. 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.

- Aumsville, OR, USA

problem #60

Feb 012016

Outback

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Subaru Outback. The contact stated that the recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 15V3230000 (air bags) was received in February of 2016. After contacting the dealer on multiple occasions, the contact was informed that the parts needed to repair the vehicle were still not available and no estimated time for receiving the parts could be given. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Reston, VA, USA

problem #59

May 282016

Outback

  • miles
Takata recall: Got the recall notice Feb. 2016 and still no action. I called the dealer and they told me they do not have the replacement part. After 5 months, I would think they could have the part by now especially considering I drive the car daily and it is unsafe!

- Mooresville, IN, USA

problem #58

May 182016

Outback

  • miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2008 Subaru Outback. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V323000 (air bags). 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. Updated 07/13/16

- Easton, CT, USA

problem #57

Feb 222016

Outback

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Subaru Outback. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 15V323000 (air bags). The part was not available within a reasonable time frame to schedule the recall repair. The dealer did not give a specific date for when the part would become available. The manufacturer could not provide an estimated date for when the vehicle would receive the recall repair. The contact was not experiencing a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Peoria, IL, USA

problem #56

Mar 252016

Outback

  • miles
Air bag warning comes on and off constantly every time it is started, sometimes off, lately staying

- Moorefield, WV, USA

problem #55

Mar 312016

Outback

  • miles
Takata recall. Subaru dealerships delaying repairs. Go Subaru West in golden, Colorado stated it could be 3 months before recall can be fixed. Other manufacturers have fixed up to 50% of their cars, and Subaru has a dismal completion rate of 5%. upwards of three to six months is unacceptable to be unable to use the car as intended.

- Lakewood, CO, USA

problem #54

Mar 302016

Outback

  • 78,700 miles
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

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