really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,267 miles

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2005 Subaru Forester seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 042015


  • 131,000 miles


I had just locked my residence gate, leaving my property, I fastened my seatbelt, advanced very slowly, saw that both ways were clear, advanced slowly making a left turn, when I was just 12 feet, the engine began to race and propelled my vehicle forward into a huge tree across the road. I did not confuse the gas pedal with the brake pedal, there was no floor mat impeding my foot-work, I braked then it began racing even faster then I don't remember anything more till after-dark and a fireman told me an ambulance was coming. I have a broken cervical vertebra C 2 and multiple bruises my car was "totaled".

- Pahoa, HI, USA

problem #2

Apr 302013


  • 68,000 miles
A red light runner impacted my vehicle in an intersection. The point of impact was the right rear of my vehicle. The red light runner was in a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 and I estimate the speed between 50 to 60 mph. The force of the impact drove my vehicle into a car to my left that was waiting to make a left hand turn at the intersection. The stationary vehicle was a 2004 Ford Bronco. The left side of my vehicle was driven into the left front of this vehicle. My vehicle was undrivable and totalled. There were two rapid lateral impacts to my vehicle yet the airbags did not deploy. My seat restraints were on.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #1

May 312005

Forester 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,800 miles
Consumer got into car accident and the side air bag on the passengers side of the vehicle did not deploy. While going approximately 15-20 mph another vehicle hit on the passenger side at 40 mph/.

- Baton Rouge , LA, USA

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