2012 Subaru Outback lights NHTSA complaints: Exterior Lighting

NHTSA — Exterior Lighting Problems

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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,918 miles

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2012 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #8

Dec 302016


  • miles


My headlights on my Outback are constantly going out. I purchased this vehicle in October of 2015 and I have replaced my headlights 9 times. I live in Alaska with very little day light and it is important to always have my headlights on, regardless of where I live. I have been fortunate enough to not have been pulled over for this yet but I can see it happening in the near future. Please help.

- Auke Bay, AK, USA

problem #7

Nov 092016


  • 70,000 miles
The low beam headlamps are constantly burning out on my 2012 Subaru Outback. I have replaced the bulbs several times in the past two years, approximately every 3-6 months or 3,000-6,000 miles. One side burns out right after the other. I cannot say if the headlight bulbs burn out while driving or stationary; I drive mostly in daylight then notice the outage at night. Replacing the bulb involves removing the tire and having a mechanic or dealership perform the work. What should be an infrequent simple task is getting very expensive! I am primarily concerned about safety as the bulbs could easily both burn out while driving at night.

- Montclair, NJ, USA

problem #6

Nov 212014


  • 19,241 miles
2012 Subaru Outback. Two separate issues. First: Both high beams inoperative. Cause: Defective dlr module. Second: Continual head light bulb failures. Left and right, high and low. No cause or cure found by our local Subaru dealer. This has happened when driving on the highway at, would you believe, night.

- Choteau, MT, USA

problem #5

Jun 032016


  • 59,000 miles


2012 Subaru Outback low beam headlight failure. Our 2012 Outback blows headlights constantly. They last approx. 3 to 5 months before they fail. On a long trip we lost both low beams lights at the same time and had to drive through the night with high beams and fog lights only!!! all fuses have been checked and are fine. Obviously something is causing the lights to go out. This is an extremely dangerous situation that need immediate attention!!! many owners have been complaining of this for years. NHTSA please do a recall before someone gets killed because of this!!!!

- Rapid City, SD, USA

problem #4

Jan 022016


  • 64,000 miles
In less than 4 years, I have had to replace a headlight 4 times. On the 4 cars I owned/leased prior to this vehicle, I have never had to replace a headlight ever.

- Natick, MA, USA

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problem #3

Feb 012012


  • 35,000 miles
The headlights of my Outback have burned out at least 4 times. The dealer claims there is no issue with the electrical system.

- Monticello, MN, USA

problem #2

Oct 012012


  • 4,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Subaru Outback. The contact stated that the low beam headlight projector bulb was not shielded. When the light was illuminated, the beam appeared to be vertical which caused the driver's vision to be obscured. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. They were unable to so and the contact was driving around with duct tape over the light to prevent glare. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 4,000. The current mileage was approximately 6,000.

- Dillon , CO, USA

problem #1

Jun 302012

Outback 4-cyl

  • 4,100 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Subaru Outback. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, all the lights on the instrument panel and the headlights failed to illuminate. The driver then turned the light switch to off and all the lights on the instrument panel illuminated. The contact pulled into his driveway with the switch still turned to the off option and all of the lights illuminated. The manufacturer was notified and advised the contact to take the vehicle to the dealer. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure and current mileages were 4,100. Updated 08/01/12 the Subaru technicians stated the consumer MA have accidentally turned off the dashboard lights, which was located on the left side, behind the steering wheel. Updated 08/02/12

- Mckeees Rocks, PA, USA

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