2014 Subaru Outback steering NHTSA complaints: Steering

NHTSA — Steering Problems

CarComplaints.com Seal Of This Might Hurt

CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2014 Outback is showing an early trend of problems with hesitation when accelerating.

The vast majority of owners experiencing this problem have reported that Subaru has not been able to find the cause of the engine hesitation, or fix the problem.

Especially because this is a potential safety defect, we are flagging the 2014 Outback as a model year to watch out for.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,072 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2014 Subaru Outback steering problems

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2014 Subaru Outback Owner Comments

problem #11

Nov 182014


  • 8,000 miles


We purchased a 2014 Subaru Outback, November 2014. I want to report that the steering pulls to the right. We have not had an alignment done yet. I'm seeing other documented complaints and thought I should report this as well. Sounds like having it aligned won't correct the issue. Please respond if anyone has a possible solution.

- Sister Bay, WI, USA

problem #10

Apr 082014


  • 3,000 miles
I purchased the Outback 3.6 R limited brand new and soon after I noticed that vehicle pulled right and I had to constantly correct it -which became exhausting and a serious safety issue. At first I thought it was related to all wheel drive (since I never owned an all wheel drive). After some research I realized vehicle should not have this issue. I reported the problem when I took it to dealer for its first maintenance schedule at 3,000 miles. I was informed that it was the wheel alignment and they fixed. The problem appeared to be resolved at first but after 1 week it started pulling right again -but not as noticeable as before. I reported to dealer but was told that that is the way its suppose to drive. Please investigate as many others have had the same complaint and appears to be a repetitive pattern and I am very concerned.

- San Bernardino , CA, USA

problem #9

Nov 162014


  • 8,800 miles
Car stops without warning. A clicking sound is heard and then the front display panels become blank. There is no steering or brakes. This has happened 10 times. There is no way to predict when this might happen and there is no precipitating factors. Have had the car to the dealership twice, but the problem cannot be found and am still driving this unsafe car.

- Lakewood, OH, USA

problem #8

Oct 232014


  • 11,967 miles


Date complaint filed: 10/18/2014 component(s): Steering date of incident: 10/17/2014 NHTSA id number: 10648531 dear NHTSA concerning ODI complaint number 10648531. This issue has been resolved. After filing the complaint I took the car to the dealership on 10/23/2014. They test drove the car and performed a 4 wheel alignment which corrected the problem.. so if others are experiencing the same issue of wandering, alignment may be in need of adjustment for their vehicle as well.

- Palermo, CA, USA

problem #7

Oct 172014

Outback 4-cyl

  • 11,500 miles
Steering needs constant correction, if the car drifts to the right and you correct by slightly turning left it will over correct & drift to the left forcing the driver to correct by slightly turning right, which is the constant cycle while driving this vehicle. It will not track straight down the road. This is dangerous as it causes the vehicle to weave back & forth in the lane. You can not get the car to track straight, it is always either pulling right or pulling left. The drifting is not drastic but it is constant. I have owned many cars and trucks including 4 wd, this is not normal. I am filing this complaint in order to heighten awareness of this hazardous condition which is compounded by the fact that it causes driver fatigue, lessening the driver's ability to react to the vehicles constant need for steering correction. The consumer stated the issue was resolved. The dealer performed a four wheel alignment. Updated 12/02/14

- Palermo, CA, USA

problem #6

Apr 292014

Outback 4-cyl

  • miles
I recently purchased a 2014 Outback 2.5 limited and have been having steering issues. The car constantly pulls to the right and left the steering is very stiff and heavy. This car is exhausting and unsafe to drive!

- Big Pine, CA, USA

problem #5

Dec 282013

Outback 4-cyl

  • miles


I purchased my Subaru Outback 2014 3.6R limited in mid December 2013, I felt that the car pulls to the right after I drove the car to home, I cannot believe there is any problem with a new car, with that I kept to drive and monitor it for 2 weeks then I confirmed this is really an issue and it's very easy to reproduce. So I brought the car to my dealer, the technician spent half a day to fix, rotated tire, checked pressure and checked alignment, finally they replaced 4 brand new tires then they stated that the original tire is not good, the problem was fixed by replacing new tires and let me drove the car back. After more than 3000 miles driving, the same problem is getting worse again, so I went to dealer and they confirmed this is reproducible, it's funny that they replaced 4 new tires including wheel hub this time again, however this issue is still not been fixed, the technician called Subaru service representative, representative suggested to loose the cap of suspension, bounce the car multiple times then install them back, technician repeated this procedure for at least 2 times, finally then mentioned the alignment is within spec, service advise told me the issue is been fixed. I drove the car for 2 weeks now, I'm still feeling there is slight pulling to right, and the steering wheel is keeping turn to right but not back to center. I make an appointment with my dealer today, technician lead tested the car with me, he was able to reproduce the problem I reported, but he said this is normal for Subaru Outback, and let me call customer service for further checking. This is so bad, I drove so many cars before but never got the same issue, and this is not safe if the car cannot go straight.

- Mountain View, CA, USA

problem #4

Feb 282014


  • 1,200 miles
The power steering system failed. When car stopped, the steering can not turn. The dealership replaced a new one, but the steering is still too hard to turn and feel exhausting to drive. And the dealer said it is normal.

- Dekalb, IL, USA

problem #3

May 012014

Outback 4-cyl

  • 60 miles
We purchased our Outback on April 28,2014. On May 1, 2014 we brought into the service department because it was pulling to the right. They apparently fixed it. The next day I wad back again, the car was still pulling to the right. After several times trying to realign the car, it was "fixed". I had to bring it back in today, it is pulling again. They can't fix the issue because now they suspect it is a defective tire issue. They are going to replace all 4 tires on Tuesday. I get the feeling there is something more wrong with my car.

- Alhambra, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 012013

Outback 4-cyl

  • 15 miles
I received my Outback on Nov 1 2013 and have been having a steering lane centering issue since day one. The car will not drive in a straight line without major intervention by constant correction. The car will go left or right, but will never go straight. If I check my mirrors and blind spot for a lane change by the time I look back my car has drifted out of lane or nearly out of lane. I am not sure what is more dangerous at this point checking my blind spot or not checking my blind spot, since either can lead to an accident. I drive between 25K-50K miles a year, and have never experienced a problem like this. However, the dealer tells me this is normal and was designed by Subaru to due this. I can't see how this is possible. I checked with a few other fleet Outback drivers within the company, and all of them have this same issue. (four) however, not all their local dealers say it was designed to do it, but say there is no fix to the problem. I am nervous that I am going to look like a drunk driver to someone because I am consistently swerving, or this issue causes a accident. I have four kids and I can't risk having an accident. I am really not looking forward to winter this year with this problem. I am reporting this in hopes that this problem is addressed before someone dies, if they haven't already.

- Neenah, WI, USA

problem #1

Oct 282013

Outback 4-cyl

  • 250 miles
We recently purchased a new 2014 Outback. I purchased the vehicle and I noticed the steering felt a bit "off" upon driving it home but was certain it was just an alignment issue. Took it to the dealer, who corrected the alignment. The car still felt off. I notice that the wheel returns to center when turning left, but the wheel will not return to center when turning right. It will mostly center, but the wheel remains off by about 15-degrees. This can cause an accident as the car will not point/track straight after a turn. Also, it keeps turning any time you slightly turn the wheel to the right, but not the left. So, you can be driving on the highway and bump the steering wheel and it will continue to go right and drive off the road. This is not safe!

- Durham, NC, USA

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