Subaru Recalls 118K US Vehicles for Air Bag Sensor Issue

Subaru Recalls 118K US Vehicles for Air Bag Sensor Issue

March 28, 2024 : Subaru of America initiated a recall encompassing over 118,000 vehicles in the United States in a safety measure prompted by a potential malfunction. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced the recall on March 27, 2024, citing a faulty component that could hinder airbag deployment during a collision.

The recall covers specific models and production dates within the Subaru Outback and Legacy lines. Affected vehicles include Outback models produced between June 16, 2020, and July 13, 2021, as well as Legacy models manufactured during the same timeframe. As many as 103,114 Outback vehicles and 15,609 Legacy vehicles might contain the defective part.

The culprit behind the potential safety hazard is a capacitor within the Occupant Detection System (ODS) sensors. According to the NHTSA report, this capacitor may develop cracks and short circuits, thereby preventing the front passenger airbag from inflating in the event of a crash.

Subaru dealerships across the country will be responsible for addressing the issue. A solution has already been devised involving replacing the faulty ODS sensors on the front passenger seats of all recalled vehicles. Subaru has informed the NHTSA that they are aware of 23 technical reports and 253 warranty claims potentially linked to this problem. Importantly, no accidents or injuries resulting from this malfunction have been reported to date, providing a sense of relief.

Owners of potentially affected Subaru vehicles are encouraged to contact their nearest dealership to confirm if their car is included in the recall. Subaru will directly notify registered owners via mail, and dealerships will perform the necessary repairs free of charge.

This recall reminds drivers and passengers of the importance of regular vehicle maintenance and the critical role that safety features play in protecting drivers and passengers on the road. By proactively addressing this potential issue, Subaru aims to ensure the safety of its customers.