2008 Subaru Outback lights NHTSA complaints: Exterior Lighting:Headlights

NHTSA — Exterior Lighting: Headlights Problems

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Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
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2008 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 252007

Outback 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The headlights in the 2008 Subaru Outback are deadly and an accident waiting to happen. I can not believe these headlights were approved and that they are lawful.

- Rochester, MN, USA

problem #2

Nov 262007

Outback 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,200 miles
We purchased a 2008 Subaru Outback in Oct. 07 and discovered a problem with the headlights after daylight saving time went into effect. The headlights are totally ineffective on back roads with hilly terrain. Visibility can be limited to as little as 20 feet at times. After speaking to the dealer and a Subaru regional rep. We were told to "deal with it" as the vehicle meets manufacturer specifications. Our concern is the danger not only to humans but the wildlife that live in this area. We have tried to pursue the lemon law but continue to hit roadblocks and have not been successful. We will probably trade the vehicle and cut our losses before we cause injury to ourselves or others.

- Dummerston, VT, USA

problem #1

Dec 292007

Outback 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When driving our new 2008 Subaru Outback in darkness there are times when the headlights do not project the beam far enough ahead to adequately see. This condition is very noticeable in hilly terrain where as the vehicle is moving in a forward down motion with a upward hill approaching. There is a definite horizontal plane of light and darkness. At times this situation has caused us to brake quickly due to the possibly of coming in contact with something in the road that we would otherwise be able to avoid with adequate lighting.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

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