NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 1999 Subaru Forester

The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 1999 Subaru Forester, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. SEAT BELT ANCHORAGE SEPARATION NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE99020

    • Status:
    • Date Opened: March 05, 1999
    • Date Closed: March 26, 1999
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Seat Belts:Front:Anchorage

    Summary: ODI has one complaint alleging the passenger's side safety belt anchorage, located between the seat and center console, became detached while driving.in addition, the owner inspected the driver''s side safety belt anchorage and found that the bolt was partially backed-out.the complaint vehicle was equipped with leather seat covers and heated front seats.because of these options, the front seat belts were installed by an outside vendor at the port of entry in vancouver, Washington.Subaru states that a small quantity of vehicles with "heated"front seats did not have the seat belt buckle assembly installed when they arrived in vancouver.the seat belt buckle assemblies were supplied separately from the front seats and an outside vendor installed both the leather seat covers and the front seat belt buckle assemblies to the seat frame.Subaru has searched their files and found no additional complaints or warranty claims on Forester vehicles for loose seat belt bolts.Subaru also confirmed that with their current quality assurance inspections that such a condition cannot go unnoticed in the future.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #PE99020 »

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