2012 Subaru Forester brakes NHTSA complaints: Electronic Stability Control

NHTSA — Electronic Stability Control Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
203,231 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2012 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 272016


  • 800,000 miles


Which driving on the interstate at rush hour at 65 mph... with absolutely no warning or warning light my car stalled. When this happened the steering went out along with the brakes and all power. I sat in the fast lane of traffic unable to safely exit my car for almost and hour until help arrived. I took the car to the dealership neil huffman in louisville ky where I purchased the car new 4 years ago. I was told the mass airflow sensor had failed. I was also told that they had no idea why this happened at 65 mph with no warning. I paid the $403 repair and contact Subaru usa due to my concerns. Although I called several times and was on hold each time for up to 10 min and also emailed.. still not response. This seems to be a major safety concern. I no longer feel safe in the car.. and plan to purchase a new car soon.. but am concerned someone else will be my car and be in danger.

- Salem, IN, USA

problem #3

May 222012

Forester 4-cyl

  • 5,325 miles
After sharp acceleration the check engine light came on and stayed on. No other issues noted. Two months later with 7500 miles on the odometer, the same thing occurred but this time the cruise control light and the vehicle stabilization light came on as well. Cruise control did not work and I assume the stabilization didn't either.

- Waltham, MA, USA

problem #2

May 202012

Forester 4-cyl

  • 6,000 miles
When in heavy traffic and it was necessary to accelerate at a high RPM, the traction control light and check engine light come on and start flashing and the cruise control light also flashed. This is the 3rd time this has happened. First time all the lights went out, second time it happened my cruise control was disabled and the other lights continued to be on and flash and I had to take it the dealership to be "reset". dealership told me it was a "computer" problem and Subaru has not fixed it. Yesterday it happened again. Was able to let off accleration quick enough to keep it from locking out my cruise and causing all the lights to flash continually.

- Nashua, IA, USA

problem #1

Dec 032011

Forester 4-cyl

  • 1,600 miles
While driving on a main route check engine light kicked on and proceeded to flash while the stability/traction control light came on disabling the traction control. This lasted approximately 10-15 seconds, all lights kicked off and seemed okay. A couple of days later the same thing happened only now the cruise control light was on and flashing, check engine was solid and stability/traction control light was on. At that time all the lights stay on until the codes are cleared, until that is done, stability/traction control and cruise control do not work.

- Morgantown, WV, USA

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