2013 Subaru Outback accessories - interior NHTSA complaints: Seats

NHTSA — Seats Problems

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CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2013 Outback has a problem with excessive oil consumption.

A class action lawsuit is pending that alleges Subaru's "FB" engine has defective piston rings which causes oil to leak past the rings & burn up at an excessive rate. More information about the class action is available here.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,333 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2013 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 022015


  • 40,000 miles


The passenger occupant detection system (ods) malfunctioned or shorted out for no apparent reason. As a result, the passenger airbag will not enable even when occupied by an adult passenger. The passenger airbag is constantly in "off" mode. In addition the ods apparently controls the seatbelt warning feature. Regardless of whether or not an adult passenger is occupying the seat the ods is constantly detecting a passenger and the passenger seatbelt warning light and chime continuously are on. When the passenger seatbelt is buckled the warning light and chime remain continuously on. The vehicle has 40,000 miles and this system is not covered under the manufacture's extended warranty or the extended service contract sold by Subaru through cna. The dealership is recommending a new ods be installed and calibrated at a cost of $1,200 plus applicable tax and fees.

- Robbinsdale, MN, USA

problem #2

Mar 062013

Outback 4-cyl

  • 4,500 miles
With the eyesight system, Outback may start braking when you are coming up on another car or trying to pass it, even though you are moving away from the vehicle to pass it and are not endanger of an accident. Very annoying at times and forces you to disable it but might be worthwhile if it didn't go off just from coming near vehicles. I suppose they don't want it to go off too late. The seat/headrest is the bigger problem.

- Gainesville, FL, USA

problem #1

Mar 062013

Outback 4-cyl

  • 4,500 miles
Seat head rest is too far forward and upper seat Contour backward, putting pressure on neck and affecting spine. Seat needs added support (with a small upper back support and probably a lumbar support) to take pressure off the neck and get the head free from being pushed. Neck should be straight. Over time this will damage the spine if the headrest isn't made adjustable or support added to the seat. I'm adding support to the seat from aftermarket cushioning to get the pressure off my head/neck. Would like an adjustable headrest as was included in the 2013 Subaru impreza to get the headrest off the head (and the pressure off the neck, to get my neck and back straight). --- I am worried about receiving spam so didn't want to fill out some of the extra info asked for.

- Gainesville, FL, USA

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