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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,250 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.

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2010 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 052011


  • 16,000 miles


At approximately 6:35 a.M. cst I stopped at a red light. I recall hearing what I thought was a woman screaming, immediately followed by the sound of tires screeching as when brakes are quickly applied. I glanced into my rearview mirror and did not see any oncoming headlights. It was then that my car was hit from behind. I have no recollection of being thrown backward from the rear impact, or being thrown forward from the impact of hitting the car in front of me, or stopping. I also do not recall the deployment of the air bag in my steering wheel. My next thought was realizing that I was in a reclining position and seeing the bent hood of my car while looking through the right side of my windshield. I was in a great deal of pain. My lower back was burning and I had great pain in my left ribcage. I could also tell I had my breath knocked out of me. My injuries included the following: 4 broken ribs on the left side (#6, 7, 8, and 9) lower lumbar strain bruises across my abdomen, right hip, inside of left calf, inside of right calf, outside of my left leg sprain of right ankle gash on the front of my left leg I have a picture of the broken seat if desired. I realize that the accident occurred some time ago but I do not recall if I sent this information to you or not.

- Burleson, TX, USA

problem #3

Jul 312013


  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Subaru Outback. While driving approximately 45 mph, the passenger side air bag warning indicator illuminated. The failure occurred intermittently at various speeds. The dealer stated that the seat pressure sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 53,000. Updated 10/28/14

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

problem #2

Oct 052011

Outback 4-cyl

  • 16,000 miles
********** notification of case change (all times are gmt-0500) project: NHTSA hotline center case: 2010 Subaru Outback crash case number:[xxx] escalation: None status: Open date: 11/15/2011 time: 22:14:06 creation date: 11/10/2011 creation time: 07:50:07 description: Entered on 11/15/2011 at 22:14:06 est (gmt-0500) by [xxx]: thank you but I am not sure what this email is telling me. Please explain and let me know if I need to do or send something. [duplicate message snipped] entered on 11/15/2011 at 17:43:19 est (gmt-0500) by tbent: Thank you for contacting the U.S. department of transportation's vehicle safety hotline information center. For crash tests information that is not available on the NHTSA web site or in the hotline database, please send an E-mail to with the year, make, and model of the vehicle. We hope that you find this information helpful. However, if you need additional information on our services please feel free to contact us at 1-888-327-4236. Thank you, response team entered on 11/10/2011 at 07:50:06 est (gmt-0500) by Sender name: [xxx] subject: 2010 Subaru Outback crash comments: A month ago I was driving a 2010 Subaru Outback and was rear-ended while I was stopped at a red light after being hit I was pushing into another stopped vehicle I was injured question ~~ the seat I was in bent backwards in the middle I can send a picture is something like this usual" how can I find out if it is the result of such an impact or if it is a design flaw in the seat" I hope to hear from you thank you [xxx] contact information: NHTSA id: [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Burleson, TX, USA

problem #1

Aug 202010

Outback 4-cyl

  • miles
While at a stop lite or standing the car send a vibration throw the door panels brake pedal, back of driver seat had it back to dealer and they ran check on it and came up with normal I think they are wrong it scares me that it could start on fire.

- Park Ridge, IL, USA

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