really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,000 miles

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2006 Subaru Outback seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 272010


  • 10,000 miles


My 2006 Subaru legacy Outback has a passenger side airbag that will not stay "on" when a person under 125 pounds is in the passenger seat. I weigh 115 pounds. The airbag light is in the "off" position about 65% of the time I am sitting in the passenger seat. It happens every time I am in the car and has since I bought it in 2005. Subaru has tested the sensor calibration many times. I have gone for a drive to demonstrate the problem to head mechanic at my dealership and he was very appalled! nothing has ever been done to try to correct the problem as Subaru says this would require re-engineering the entire passenger airbag system. Subaru has told us that it is functioning as designed and is calibrated correctly. This has been an ongoing issue since the car was purchased new by me in 2005. I have reached the end of the road with Subaru and they are aware of this issue but can offer no solution to fix it. My research has shown many other NHTSA complaints open on this same issue relating to all makes and models of Subaru cars and their passenger side airbags. Please do something to protect the public and require Subaru to find a solution to this problem.

- Santa Rosa, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 022007

Outback 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Subaru Outback. She stated that her vehicle was rear-ended, which caused her to crash into the rear of another vehicle. The airbags did not deploy. The failure and current mileages were 26,000. Updated 02-01-08 the driver and passenger seats both went all the way down laying flat in the vehicle and because of this defect the passenger in the back seat was injured. Updated 02/01/08

- Oakridge, NJ, USA

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