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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
550 miles

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2016 Subaru Outback seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2016 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 162016


  • 1,100 miles


The contact owns a 2016 Subaru Outback. While the vehicle was secured in park with the emergency brake engaged, the vehicle lunged forward independently when the brake was released. The contact's vehicle crashed into another vehicle. The driver then shifted into reverse and the vehicle accelerated independently in reverse. The driver shifted into drive and the vehicle independently accelerated forward again and crashed into the side of a building. The vehicle jumped a curb and crashed into a tree coming to a stop. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed and there were no injuries. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic, but was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was inspected by the dealer; however, a diagnostic test showed no fault codes. The approximate failure mileage was 1,100.

- Demarest, NJ, USA

problem #1

Dec 012015


  • miles
Takata recall-wanted to purchase a 2016 Subaru Outback 3.6L, and after multiple inquiries, finally was told that takata airbags still being used in the passenger front seat whereas other manufacturers' airbags are now being used in drivers and side curtain parts of the auto. So passenger front seats are still vulnerable. We would like to know if this mix of airbag manufacturers is known to all consumers so they know the risk they are purchasing. We declined to buy the Subaru Outback this year until we find a manufacturer who uses no takata airbags.

- Durham, NC, USA

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