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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,260 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.

2015 Subaru Outback brakes problems

brakes problem

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2015 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 212016


  • 9,000 miles


Brake pedal can be depressed below the accelerator. If the right foot is only partlally on the brake pedal, the right foot can depress the accelerator at the same time. When stopped at a light or nearly stopped, the car accelerates unintentionally. No accidents.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #4

Dec 102015


  • 6,000 miles
When applying the breaks sometimes my foot hits the gas pedal. 2nd. Outback I purchased.never happened before. Had car since 21 May 2015 happened approx. 4 times.

- Oswego, NY, USA

problem #3

Aug 232015


  • miles
Plate gfn9291, Subaru re:(#:1-11519581273)

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #2

Oct 062015


  • 9,500 miles
Slowing to a stop at a traffic light on a city street, manual transmission in neutral, clutch in. Speed roughly 2 km/hr. Went to stop the car with the brakes, brake pedal went to the floor with no brake activation. Tried brake pedal again, same result. Activated parking/emergency brake which also did not stop the car. Car hit the back of a gravel truck ahead, and seemed to continue to push into the truck 7-10 cm, which is further than I would have expected given the low speed of the collision. Collision damaged the hood of my car and broke the headlight lens on the passenger side, no damage to the truck, no injuries to occupants of either vehicle. Truck turned through turning light, I carefully moved the car up and tried stopping at the light. Brakes functioned normally, so I tried the parking brake and it also seemed to function normally. I pushed on the brake pedal while the car was stationary and noticed much more travel than usual and a spongy feel, but there was resistance where there was none previously. I decided the car was safe to drive and drove slowly to the dealership where I left it to be inspected.

- Edmonton Alberta Canada, AK, USA

problem #1

Jun 082015


  • 6,800 miles
The 2015 Subaru Outback 2.5I limited w eyesight system had been parked on a surface parking lot near marshall bwi airport for about 12 days. The parking brake had been applied at the time of original parking. This electronic brake could not be disengaged after repeated starts of the car. Brakes were apparently locked. A tow truck was called. The car had to be moved with the brakes on to get it out of the parking space and on to a flatbed tow truck. The dealer found that the left rear wheel brake was locked in position. Apparently the other three wheels were free to move. The eyesight system malfunction light was on the drivers screen. The service advisor recommended that the parking brake not be applied when the vehicle is parked for a number days, particularly on a flat surface.

- Rockville, MD, USA

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