2010 Subaru Outback engine NHTSA complaints: Vehicle Speed Control

NHTSA — Vehicle Speed Control Problems

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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,455 miles

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2010 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #7

Jan 012014


  • miles


Car shudders and sounds like engine will die when coming to complete stop. If this were a manual transmission, feels as if clutch should be pushed in. Problem occurs intermittently. Cold or hot engine. Problem became noticeable around 58,000-60,000 mile.

- Mays Landing, NJ, USA

problem #6

Aug 212014

Outback 4-cyl

  • 66,800 miles
As I was pulling into a parking space with a foot to go, going less than 5 mph, the engine surged and the car suddenly lunged forward, climbed a 6 inch curb and traveled about 4 feet and hit a wooden staircase of a building. The entire time my foot was on the brake. This entire event took less than a second.

- Long Valley, NJ, USA

problem #5

Jul 262014


  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Subaru Outback. While driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle accelerated independently. As a result, the contact lost control of the vehicle and crashed it into a utility pole. There were no injuries and a police report was filed. The acceleration failure occurred several times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 38,000.

- Lake Forrest, IL, USA

problem #4

Apr 132014

Outback 4-cyl

  • miles


On approximately 04/13/2014 approximately at 6:00 pm et, my suburu Outback 2010 rapidly accelerated when my foot was centered on the brake petal and I moved the gear from neutral to drive. The vehicle lurched forward, engine highly revved. I pushed hard as possible on the brake and shoved the gear back into neutral. The engine was racing and I switched off the power. I powered back up and the temperature gauge, gas mileage calculator, etc. Was out. The ac/heat temperature and control screen was out. The fan control only would work and put out extreme heat. The outside mirror motors would not work. For the next 30 minutes on the way home I stopped several times and experienced the same electrical conditions upon restart. On April 14, 2014, all systems were normal when I started the engine. I took it to the dealer was told they would replace the switch (keys) but had no information on rapid acceleration out of control. I am concerned this will happen again and result in wreck and/or injury to myself and/or others. No mats were in the car at time of incident.

- Peacham, VT, USA

problem #3

Jun 072012


  • 73,386 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Subaru Outback. The contact stated that the brakes were released and the vehicle abnormally accelerated. The contact was able to stop the rapid acceleration by applying the brakes. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they advised that they could not diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified but provided no assistance. The failure mileage was 73,386.

- Foresthill, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 032010


  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Subaru Outback. The contact stated that while driving at any speed, the gears would shift independently and without warning. In addition, the vehicle would lunge forward abnormally when the failure occurred. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times for the same failure where the dealer advised the contact that they were unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and offered no assistance. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 10,000 and the current mileage was 40,000.

- Greer, SC, USA

problem #1

Jun 232010


  • 4,000 miles
Sudden acceleration disabling the cruise control to slow down and then hitting the resume button caused the car to surge. The RPM increased from 2000 to 6000 RPM. This occurs whenever the set speed is 20mph greater than the current speed. The dealer could not correct this, claiming that the full acceleration is by design. Wide open throttle is not a good practice since it makes the car hard to control. What belongs on a race track not on a highway.

- Arvada, CO, USA

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