2014 Subaru Forester accessories - exterior NHTSA complaints: Visibility/Wiper

NHTSA — Visibility/Wiper Problems


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,500 miles

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2014 Subaru Forester accessories - exterior problems

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2014 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 222016


  • 20,000 miles


If it is snowing and the temperature is freezing or below, the wiper blades almost immediately begin to get ice build-up and the windshield also accumulates ice. After further study, it would appear that there is a plastic trim, almost like a water trough, immediately below and forward of the wiper blades. It appears that as the defrost melts the snow, the water is caught in the trough without adequate drainage and the forward movement of the vehicle creates a mist that then blows up onto the wiper blades causing the ice build-up and also can blow mist onto the windshield further complicating the problem. It happens almost immediately and is extremely dangerous making it almost impossible to see. The only option really is to get off the road and stop. Looking at earlier models, it appears that a redesign made the trim deeper, and narrower, while the hood was lowered and a ridge put in the middle of the hood. This has apparently changed the aerodynamics and caused this very bad problem.

- Buffalo, WV, USA

problem #1

Dec 022013


  • 15,000 miles
A large nut fell from tree (while driving approximately 25 mph) and hit drivers side windshield which shattered. This vehicle comes with specialty heated windshields, which was on at the time as it happened during winter. The second time, the windshield broke without fully shattering, but produced very unusually large "spider" cracks, after a tiny rock hit the windshield while driving approximately 55 mph. The heated windshield was not on during the second incident. Both windshields were Subaru factory new and both needed to be fully replaced after each incident.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

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