2015 Subaru Forester body / paint NHTSA complaints: Structure:Body

NHTSA — Structure: Body Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,575 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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2015 Subaru Forester body / paint problems

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2015 Subaru Forester Owner Comments

problem #6

Nov 112016


  • 24,500 miles


My 2015 Subaru Forester xt was taken to an authorized Subaru dealership numerous visits to the for an issue in which the cars engine lights and warnings would display, violently shake, shudder and lose power while at highway speed. Am authorized Subaru mechanic was able to replicate the issue, they did an ECM computer update...unfortunately, the problems did not go away after the update. I re-visited the dealership explaining that the problems persisted, at which point they decided to try to replicate the problem. After a week, the Subaru dealer sent me home in the car, saying they could not replicate the problem. Less then 4 days layer, while on my morning commute to work, the same problems which had plagued the car started to occur, however this time, I heard a loud pop/bang and smoke filled the cabin of the car. Very shortly after smoke entered the cabin, I witnessed flames coming out from under the hood and above the windsdhied. I exited the freeway lanes as quickly as possible, and within 10 seconds the car was engulfed in flames. I have paperwork from the dealership with my expressed concerns, and the suabaru mechanic's acknowledgement of the issue.

- Valencia, CA, USA

problem #5

Sep 122016


  • 9,673 miles
While parking and apply the brakes the car suddenly accelerated. My wife was parking the car and while pulling into the parking stall she applied the brakes and the car suddenly accelerated and rammed into a steel cable that separated the parking stalls.

- El Monte, CA, USA

problem #4

Apr 172015


  • 15,720 miles
Vehicle suddenly and unexpectedly accelerated while driver was parking while applying brakes. Vehicle hit house and porch, shearing off the gas meter where it meets the underground line. Eyesight object detection system did not stop the vehicle.

- Apollo, PA, USA

problem #3

Jan 042016


  • miles


Car suddenly accelerated, about 10-15 feet, from reverse to drive into a brick building, in a private parking lot causing 7K damage to my cars. Prior to this crash, the lane departure and auto breaking lights were flashing on and off. I was going to take the car to the dealer however, the crash prevented that. The car was repaired and taken to the Subaru dealer where purchased, and they examined the car and said it was working properly. Since then, my screen date was set and then reverted back to Feb 4, 2010. Also, the lane departure and auto braking lights have turned off while driving twice since getting the car back. Additionally, the screen now displays additional messages that it hadn't in the past, such as vehicle ahead has moved, and road conditions might be icy. The latter should have shown up prior to this accident, living in the snow belt of ne Ohio. Has there been any "silent recalls" placed on this car since 2010 regarding the sudden acceleration issues that have not received a formal recall on, rather that Subaru has issued this information to it's techs only? I am concerned that this gas pedal issue has been dismissed due to weather mats, drivers age or driver's foot missing the correct pedal. I am an experienced and safe driver who does not like getting scammed by a manufacture of inferior product. Subaru is love....questionable since it seems to me they are making changes without informing the government of these problems.

- Painesville, OH, USA

problem #2

May 052015


  • 57 miles
Car was driven out of new car dealer without incident by driver with 50 plus years experience. Approximately three to four miles into trip car experienced sudden unintended acceleration after going through a traffic light. Car proceeded into wooded area and hit tree causing lower leg injuries to driver and moderate to severe damage to car. Driver was not entrapped upon emt arrival. Engine returned to normal idle speed. Driver is confident car has problem with vehicle speed control and /or engine computer. Car traveled at over 40 mph during incident and could not be stopped through normal braking action.

- Katonah, NY, USA

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problem #1

Oct 302014

Forester 4-cyl

  • 7,500 miles
The vehicle was left running in park on a slight uphill grade in a private driveway while the driver ran into the house to drop something off. She came right out of the house to find that the vehicle drove itself forward up the grade into a garage door. It was still running in park wedged into the garage door. Only minor damage was caused to the front bumper and garage door.

- New Smyrna Beach, FL, USA

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