really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,333 miles

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2004 Subaru Forester seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 012007


  • miles


The air bag light seems to intermittently come on when the driver's seat is moved forward. The light goes off on its own usually when the seat is moved back but we have not detected any patterns.

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #2

Jun 032008

Forester 4-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
The air bag system will not function in the event of a collision due to an electrical connector malfunction. The connector is located under the driver's seat and is constantly stressed by seat movement or contact by the driver's feet. As a result, the air bag warning light is chronically but intermittently on. This has been a problem since first identified when this vehicle was approximately 1 year old. The repair of the connector was eventually ineffective. When the air bag warning light is on the air bags are inactive and will not deploy in the event of a collision.

- San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 272005

Forester 4-cyl

  • miles
While driving at 28 mph a head on collision occurred. Upon impact, air bags did not deploy. One person was injured.

- Buckhannon, WV, USA

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