Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The 2014 Outback is showing an early trend of problems with hesitation when accelerating.

The vast majority of owners experiencing this problem have reported that Subaru has not been able to find the cause of the engine hesitation, or fix the problem.

Especially because this is a potential safety defect, we are flagging the 2014 Outback as a model year to watch out for.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,483 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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2014 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #6

Jun 282016


  • 17,500 miles


Pulling car into parking space at slow speed when car, without driver input, suddenly accelerated. Heavy pressure on brakes, driver felt the ABS cycling, did nt stop vehicle. Finally, after colliding with a parked car, nose to nose and pushing other car out of its parking spot, driver was able to stop the car my moving transmission gear selector to park

- Sterling, VA, USA

problem #5

Feb 022015


  • 20,000 miles
Vehicle hesitates occasionally on acceleration coming off a stop.

- Palm Desert, CA, USA

problem #4

May 072015


  • 20,400 miles
For the past few days, my vehicle many times hesitates for at least 3-5 seconds when trying to accelerate from a stop/rest at a stop light, almost cause accident when trying to enter into an intersection. It seems to happen around 2000 - 3000/RPM. The car even exhibited slight jerky when at the start of accelerating up a slight sloppy hill. This is serious issue as accident is imminent when the car has no acceleration when trying to get going in traffic. This issue is commonly experienced by other drivers (online forum) :

- Castro Valley, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 092015


  • 10,200 miles


When driving a 2014 Subaru Outback I experience a 2-4 second hesitation upon accelerating. It first happen when turning left, crossing traffic. I stepped on the gas pedal and nothing happened for a few seconds and then suddenly accelerated into oncoming traffic. Fortunately there was no accident just horns beeping from the car I cut off. It happened again when accelerating from a stop onto a highway. That time I applied the brakes as it lunged forward before entering traffic. It happened a few more times at a stop light in the 1 week I drove it. The engine seems to stay at an idle and then after the 2-4 second delay suddenly accelerates according to the level the pedal is depressed. This is my daughter's vehicle and I am concerned about her and her family's safety. There are many complaints on line regarding this problem with Subaru, not just Outbacks. I actually brought the car in to get this checked out and they told me there are no service notifications regarding hesitations so they can't do anything! they stated that is normal with a cvt transmission. Believe me, that is not normal and is an accident waiting to happen. Please review the on line complaints.

- Shelton, CT, USA

problem #2

Oct 042014


  • 3,800 miles
The car does not stay on. Started the car by turning the key to the "start" position from the "on" position. The car starts but once the key moves back to "on", the car stops. This is the second time I've been stranded by this occurrence. After 20-30mins, the car starts again. Both incidents occurred when it was relatively hot (+85 degrees F). Seems to be an ignition issue.

- Alameda, CA, USA

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problem #1

Aug 312014


  • 9,000 miles
Driving at approximately 20mph, the car suddenly begins to smell of gasoline. Soon thereafter, acceleration becomes hesitant and the low-fuel warning light illuminates. The vehicle quickly became inoperable in the middle of a busy road. The vehicle is a model year 2014 and was purchased brand new, less than seven [7] months ago (from the date this complaint was posted). The vehicle has only approximately 9,000 miles on the odometer and has not been driven under any especially severe weather conditions or through treacherous terrain.

- Albany, NY, USA

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