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500K Subaru Forester Models Investigated For Airbag Malfunction, Is Yours On The List

If you own a fourth-generation Subaru Forester SUV, it's being investigated for a possible passenger airbag malfunction. See if your vehicle is on the list.
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Some fourth-generation Subaru Forester models are under investigation from the Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) a division of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for a possible malfunction of the passenger side airbag. They are investigating the 2016-2018 Subaru Forester compact SUV. A recent report from the ODI says 553,692 fourth-generation Forester models are estimated to be under investigation in the US. This does not appear to be related to the global Takata airbag recall issue.

2016-2018 Subaru Forester
2016-2018 Subaru Forester

The NHTSA has not recalled the 2016-2018 Forester SUV as of this date. The office of investigations says the Occupant Detection System (ODS) for the Subaru Forester front passenger-side airbag may malfunction causing the passenger side airbag to not operate as intended. The Office of Defects Investigation reports they have received 51 complaints from customers and is opening an investigation “to assess the scope, frequency, and consequences of the alleged defect in the subject vehicles.”

2016-2018 Subaru Forester

The 2016-2018 Subaru Forester uses a capacitive type Occupant Detection System (ODS) which can identify if the passenger seat is occupied by an adult, small child, a child seat, or other objects. Some Forester owners have reported the ODS failed to operate properly, and the supplemental restraint system warning light illuminated, and/or the ODS incorrectly suppressed (turned off) the front passenger airbag when the seat was occupied by a full-sized passenger.

2016-2018 Subaru Forester

If a frontal crash occurs and the airbag deploys, a suppressed air bag may increase the risk of injury to the passenger in the front seat of the compact SUV. What should Forester owners do? Owners should let the NHTSA complete the investigation which started on August 6, 2019, to see if it warrants a recall of the 2016-2018 Subaru Forester. If there is a recall, Subaru of America will contact owners to bring their vehicle into a dealer to replace the malfunctioning parts. Stay tuned.

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Is another Subaru Forester recall coming?
This investigation should extend back to the 2014midel as well. I have complained to the dealership service about this very same problem. Left my vehicle there for three days and couldn't find the problem.
This investigation should extend back to the 2014midel as well. I have complained to the dealership service about this very same problem. Left my vehicle there for three days and couldn't find the problem.