2012 Subaru Impreza seat belts / air bags NHTSA complaints: Seat Belts

NHTSA — Seat Belts Problems


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,833 miles

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2012 Subaru Impreza seat belts / air bags problems

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2012 Subaru Impreza Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 102013

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 13,000 miles


While driving at highway speeds, with a passenger in the passenger seat, the 'passenger air bag off' light become illuminated and remained illuminated, indicating the passenger air bag was off. After pulling over and restarting the vehicle several times, the sensor behaves normally. Incident has occurred 3-4 times since, with no apparent pattern related to vehicle speed/driving conditions. Subaru dealership service has claimed it may be related to passenger weight or shifting in the seat, or cellular phone chargers nearby. Incident has occurred with or without said chargers present in the car, with passengers weighing 130 lbs and 190 lbs. Also, the relevant sensor (occupant detection system, or ods) in the 2012 Subaru Impreza is not based on weight at all, but on electrostatic capacitance. Seemingly random malfunction of the ods resulting in deactivation of the passenger air bag with an adult seated in the passenger seat constitutes dangerous failure of the airbag system.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #2

Apr 052012

Impreza 4-cyl

  • 3,000 miles
The airbags in this vehicle turn off while driving (driver and passenger side dashboard icons indicate airbags are turned off). Vehicle must be stopped and restarted for the airbags to turn back on. There seems to be a relationship to electronic interference - passenger use of iphone or ipad may be involved - but it has happened with no passenger as well. This happened 5 times in one day recently while driving at high altitude (pikes peak, co). Probably related: The seat belt alarm has gone off when iphone is placed on empty passenger seat while driving.

- Lawrence, KS, USA

problem #1

Jul 042012


  • 4,500 miles
Driving down the road with a passenger, airbag light switches to off and the airbag light on the dash illuminates. Passenger can then unbuckle seat belt and no alarms sound alerting that the seatbelt is off. This has happened on several occasions. Took to dealer and they blamed it on a pair of jumper cables under the seat. Service writer told me it could happen if someone didn't have enough water in their system, which is bs. If its not bs then I don't feel safe with a passenger. Even after jumper cables were removed the problem still occurs. Have seen many issues on forums with same problem.

- Black River, NY, USA

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