2014 Subaru Forester brakes NHTSA complaints: Service Brakes

NHTSA — Service Brakes Problems


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,860 miles

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2014 Subaru Forester brakes problems

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2014 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 202015


  • 18,000 miles


Upon starting the vehicle or while driving it the following warning messages appear (it has happened multiple tines over the past few months, they will go away and ten reappear days or weeks later): Vehicle dynamic control system needs to be checked ABS system needs to be checked hill start assist system needs to be checked took car to dealership for normal maintenance in July (bay ridge Subaru) they could not find anything, messages started reappearing. Issue with theses messages is car will not go into gear upon starting unless you pump breaks multiple times.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #4

Feb 012014

Forester 4-cyl

  • 5,000 miles
The eyesight, adaptive cruise control and pre-collision braking systems do not recognize stopped vehicles - hard braking is required to stop vehicle in time. When systems do function they do not gradually slow vehicle and come to a stop, but do so suddenly and dangerously, causing me to brake hard to come to a stop at a safe distance behind stopped vehicle. Same systems are also dangerously affected by bright sunlight and fail to function without warning. Dealer said they checked systems out and found nothing wrong. Gave me print-out from operating manual stating it is the responsibility of the driver to operate the vehicle safely at all times and that the eyesight system is never a substitute for active driver involvement and may not operate optimally under all driving conditions!!!!!!! Subaru corporate customer relations representative said there was no software upgrade/fix available for the Forester model. Certain Subaru 2015 models are advertised to have an upgraded eyesight system that recognizes lighted taillights, among other improvements. I was told the 2015 system was not available for the 2014 Forester. Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter. A response to my complaint would be greatly appreciated.

- Panama City Beach, FL, USA

problem #3

Sep 072013


  • 300 miles
When someone departs road on an exit and they are decelerating even if they are clear and out of the lane the car will practically stop on the highway, slamming on the brakes hard. Even under normal use of the cruise control the eyesight system does not engage the brakes slowly in a progressive pattern it hits them abruptly. I am in a congested area and have often had to override the system by hitting the brakes manually to disengage the system or floor the gas to prevent someone from rear ending me on the highway. I brought it to the dealers attention they say it is operating as it should and have brought it to Subaru corporate customer service attention on at least 3 occasions asking for a software update and have had no response. I believe the system is good but needs refinement of its software before someone gets hurt or killed.

- Merrick, NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 012014


  • 7,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Subaru Forester. The contact stated that he experienced a failure related to NHTSA campaign number: 14V311000 (service brakes). The contact stated that the VIN was not included and that his state was excluded from the recall. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 7,000. The VIN was not available.

- South Riding, VA, USA

problem #1

Dec 022013


  • 14,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Subaru Forester. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled multiple times and the brakes failed upon making a complete stop. The contact had to apply excessive pressure to the brake pedal in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times, but the failures could not be duplicated. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 14,000.

- Northville, MI, USA

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