2008 Subaru Outback seat belts / air bags NHTSA complaints: Air Bags

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2008 Subaru Outback (Page 4 of 4)

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2008 Subaru Outback Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #14

Aug 202014

Outback 4-cyl

  • 50,500 miles


The airbag light on the dashboard came on. I also noticed the light that should have indicated that the passenger airbag was off was not lit. The airbags will not deploy when airbag light is on. After researching, I found several people with the exact problem and that it is related to faulty wiring in overhead map light console that contains the passenger airbag indicators. I purchase a new light console and the problem was fixed. This is a safety issue because the airbags won't deploy and should be fixed by the manufacturer.

- Magna, UT, USA

problem #13

Aug 012014

Outback 4-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
Air bag light in dashboard comes on and airbag light in overhead console does not display proper info. 55000+ hits in internet point to bad solder joints in overhead circuit board. Once loose resistors are re-soldered problem goes away. Dealers are charging up to $500 to replace overhead console. This problem of bad solder joints goes over several model years. Why has there not been a safety related recall over airbag issues which expire when warranty expires? there should be no expiration date on safety!

- Milford, MA, USA

problem #12

Jul 242014

Outback 4-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
The passenger airbag light shows to be "off." I recently purchased this car and have an elderly friend in the passenger seat. In my concern, I searched other sites and found that others are posting this issue on various sites. From what I read, it's not clear if this means the passenger airbag is not working. I checked recalls and see that July 4, 2014 a recall was put out for this problem on certain Subaru models of years 2003 and 2004. From the comments I've read, particularly about the 2008 Outback, there should be a recall for this issue for 2008 Outback.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #11

Apr 152014

Outback 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Subaru Outback. The contact stated that the air bag warning light intermittently illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 84,000 and the current mileage was 89,400. Updated 08/25/14

- Chelmsford, MA, USA

problem #10

Nov 152013

Outback 4-cyl

  • 52,080 miles
The airbag warning light comes on intermittently sometimes and other times stays on. I was told that this has been a problem with this year, make and model car and that the passenger airbag could be defective. This should be a recall by Subaru as it is a safety issue. I have read numerous complaints online regarding this year Outback. The consumer should not have to pay for a defective part that Subaru is well aware of and it is their responsibility to correct.

- Gilford, NH, USA

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problem #9

Aug 292013


  • 15,000 miles
The airbag light has been on intermittently since 2010 did not repair as the code could not be read and outside of warranty. Now constantly on mechanics tells me that it is the indicator circuit above the rear view mirror.

- Mechanicsville, VA, USA

problem #8

Jul 222013

Outback 4-cyl

  • 43,284 miles


The air bag warning light on the dashboard came on and stayed on upon driving. The vehicle was taken to the dealer (perry Subaru in Norfolk, Virginia), who said that the passenger front airbag indicator assembly was faulty. Dealer said there was no mandatory or voluntary recall on this part. A new air bag control module (part no. 92151ag13aor) was purchased by the owner and installed for a total cost of $364.40. There have been a number of complaints by other owners of this model year and other model year Subaru for the same air bag indicator light problem. This is a serious safety issue that the ntsb should investigate.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #7

Aug 092013

Outback 4-cyl

  • 89,300 miles
After buying car noticed air bag light was on while driving home. Being a safety issue I started investigating. Looks to be fairly common. May be enough for a recall. Just wanted to report it for future reference. Dealer said shop did not notice light during their inspection.

- Johnson City, TN, USA

problem #6

Jan 172013


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Subaru Outback. The contact stated that the air bag waring light illuminated and a passenger air bag warning message appeared. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000.

- White Plains, NY, USA

problem #5

Jun 012008

Outback 4-cyl

  • 2,000 miles
Since the car was nearly new the airbag warning light comes on intermittently and now stays on continuously, rendering the airbag system inoperative. The vehicle was brought to the dealer the first time it happened but the dealer said no fault code was found. In December 2012 the warning light came on continuously. I brought it to the Subaru dealer to diagnose and service the problem. The service manager stated that the problem is with the light in the maplight module, and if something in the module goes bad the airbag warning light will come on and prevent the airbag from deploying. Consequently I have to replace the entire maplight console at a cost of $510 ($110 to read the code plus $400 for the light module) to fix a dangerous safety defect and design flaw that should be the responsibility of Subaru.

- Derwood, MD, USA

problem #4

Oct 052012

Outback 6-cyl

  • 138,000 miles


Airbag light stays on and passenger airbag light( off) stays off. I had my car serviced for coolant flush. I asked service manager about the issue he stated that it is in the maplight and if the light burns out the airbag on the dash will light up and possibly cause a malfunction in airbag deployment. So meaning as consumer I have to replace the entire maplight console and pay for something that is a known Subaru issue or more fault in design.

- Moscow, ID, USA

problem #3

Aug 012012

Outback 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
The air bag light on our dashboard recently lit up. We had our mechanic look at the car and he said the car was not producing an error code. Some basic research on the internet revealed that this problem is becoming common and is related to a fault in the panel contained in the map light console, which includes the passenger air bag indicator lights. He replaced panel and that solved the problem. I have a couple issues that I hope you can address. Because the air bag light was illuminated on the dash, the operation of the car's air bags were in doubt, if not disabled all together. So, this appears to be a safety issue. Additionally, when our mechanic called the local Subaru dealer (go Subaru in denver, co) for the part and asked if they had the part in stock, the parts desk immediately said, "oh, is this that air bag thing?" so, this is a known fault. I tried contacting Subaru to notify them, but they simply told me that all recalls are issued by the government and that I should have my vehicle serviced by an authorized dealer. I hope the NHTSA will take time to research this safety issue and make the appropriate recall.

- Highlands Ranch, CO, USA

problem #2

Oct 182011

Outback 4-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
Airbag light on dash comes on intermittently. There appears to be a known defect in the overhead map light console that causes the problem. When occurring, the air bag system becomes deactivated and poses a decrease in safety. Subaru of America would not tell me how many of these units have been replaced or their reported rate of failure.

- Weston, CT, USA

problem #1

Jun 012008


  • 14,000 miles
Airbag light stays on after starting, indicating malfunction in airbag system. 2008 Subaru Outback station wagon. Under warranty. Has been to dealer several times, they are unable to fix the condition.

- Santa Fe, NM, USA

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