really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 1
Average Mileage:
43,144 miles

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2003 Subaru Forester seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 162005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles


March 16th 2006. 5:00 pm. It had snowed earlier that day. Witness claims the 2003 Subaru Forester slid in a curve into an on coming lane. Unit spun around and was hit in the left rear corner(tail light section) shoving the rear body panel and quarter panel inside the unit behind the rear passenger seat. Left rear tire was torn from the unit. The rear shade cover (cargo area) flew out of it's holders now bent is a (V-shape) and hit my wife in her right temple, adding to the head trauma she received when the seat belts failed and the air bags failed. Her forehead hit the steering wheel, the left back part of the head was crushed hitting the hinge pillar and right temple was bruised from the rear cargo cover. In seconds, left her bleeding to death in this unit. I called Subaru Corp. In March to inform them of the accident (just) in case they wanted to investigate. (not interested) (very rude) I still have the unit here if you would like to check it out. It's (suppose) to be the safest unit on the road?

- Fairbanks, AK, USA

problem #1

Feb 262006

Forester 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 59,287 miles
: the contact stated while driving at 35 mph on a gravel road a deer ran out in front of the vehicle. The contact tapped the brake pedal to miss the deer; this in turn caused the contact to lose control. The vehicle hit a double post head on, then slid down an embankment and stood on its nose. It then flipped onto the driver's side, rolled onto its top and then rested on its wheels. Seat belts were in use, but did not restrain the occupant. Frontal and side airbags did not deploy, injuries were sustained. The insurance company inspected the vehicle, but they could not determine why the air bags did not deploy. The vehicle was totaled, the manufacturer has been consulted.

- Montrose, CO, USA

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