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Subaru Airbag Recall

Your Subaru vehicle may contain a potentially defective Takata airbag if it was manufactured between 2003 and 2014. The airbag inflator in your Subaru vehicle may rupture upon deployment, expelling dangerous metal fragments that could cause serious injury or even death. This page contains important information about the recall and what to do if your vehicle is on the list.

Quick Facts About the Subaru Airbag Recall:

  • The automaker has recalled eight models.
  • Vehicles are safe to drive as the defect only affects passenger-side airbags. Subaru recommends not allowing anyone to sit in the front passenger seat.
  • Subaru has not reported any injuries or deaths, as of March 2018.
  • Subaru dealerships will replace affected airbags for free.
  • The company has the necessary parts for all affected vehicles.

Updated: March 9, 2018

Source: Subaru of America

Your Subaru vehicle may contain a potentially defective Takata airbag if it was manufactured between 2003 and 2014. The airbag inflator in your Subaru vehicle may rupture upon deployment, expelling dangerous metal fragments that could cause serious injury or even death. This page contains important information about the recall and what to do if your vehicle is on the list.

Quick Facts About the Subaru Airbag Recall: 

  • The automaker has recalled eight models.
  • Vehicles are safe to drive as the defect only affects passenger-side airbags. Subaru recommends not allowing anyone to sit in the front passenger seat.
  • Subaru has not reported any injuries or deaths, as of March 2018.
  • Subaru dealerships will replace affected airbags for free.
  • The company has the necessary parts for all affected vehicles.

Updated: March 9, 2018

Source: Subaru of America

Subaru Recall By the Numbers:

 As of February 2, 2018 (the most recent report to date): 

  • Approximately 1.05 million vehicles have been affected.
  • There are 430,000 airbags in priority groups 1 through 10 that still need replacement.
  • Subaru has replaced 622,000 passenger-side airbags in priority groups 1 through 10.

Updated: March 9, 2018

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Subaru

Subaru Vehicles Containing Potentially Defective Takata Airbags

The recall does not include every Subaru vehicle manufactured between 2003 and 2014. The following vehicles manufactured by Subaru are subject to the Takata airbag recall:

  • 2003-2006 Subaru Baja
  • 2009-2013 Subaru Forester
  • 2004-2011 Subaru Impreza (including WRX/STI)
  • 2003-2014 Subaru Legacy
  • 2003-2014 Subaru Outback
  • 2006-2014 Subaru Tribeca
  • 2012-2014 Subaru WRX/STI
  • 2006 Saab 9-2X (built by Subaru, contact your local GM dealership for airbag replacement)

If you own one of these vehicles, your front airbags on the passenger side may be defective. Visit our Takata recall page and enter your VIN in our Airbag Recall Lookup Tool to identify whether your vehicle is subject to the recall. (To find your VIN, you can check your vehicle’s paperwork or stand outside your vehicle and look at the bottom right corner of your windshield.)

Subaru encourages consumers to check the recall list every three months as it may recall more vehicles in the future.

The Dangerous Problem with Takata Airbags

Automakers have recorded tens of millions of vehicles with Takata airbags to prevent injuries caused by the deployment of a defective airbag. The cause of this defect is the use of ammonium nitrate without a drying agent in the airbag inflator.

Because of the chemical’s sensitivity to moisture, it can degrade over time and become unstable. When ignited, the inflator can explode, shooting metal fragments through the vehicle, which could seriously injure occupants.

There have been a number of reported injuries due to defective Takata airbags, and the stories are terrifying.

Older Vehicles in Humid Areas Are Most At-Risk

While all vehicles with a defective airbag can pose a danger to occupants, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) notes that older vehicles in hot and humid areas are most at risk, as the chemical’s long-term exposure to moisture and high temperatures increases its volatility.

Take Action — Get Your Airbags Replaced Today

As of March 9, 2018, Subaru has parts available for all makes and models subject to the recall; however, the automaker recommends making an appointment. This way it can ensure it has the parts and manpower to perform your replacement.

According to the Subaru website, the process takes about two hours.

Subaru Airbag Repair Rate

 Subaru claims to have replaced more than half of the airbags subject to the recall (622,000 out of 1.05 million). There are still 422,000 airbags that need to be replaced. 

Injured Parties May Have Legal Options for Compensation

Parties who suffered injuries or lost loved ones due to a defective Takata airbag may have options for compensation. The team at Newsome Melton has decades of experience handling complex civil litigation cases such as these. Call 888-808-5977 today to discuss your case during a free consultation.

As of February 2, 2018 (the most recent report to date):

  • Approximately 1.05 million vehicles have been affected.
  • There are 430,000 airbags in priority groups 1 through 10 that still need replacement.
  • Subaru has replaced 622,000 passenger-side airbags in priority groups 1 through 10.

Updated: March 9, 2018

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Subaru

Subaru Vehicles Containing Potentially Defective Takata Airbags

The recall does not include every Subaru vehicle manufactured between 2003 and 2014. The following vehicles manufactured by Subaru are subject to the Takata airbag recall:

  • 2003-2006 Subaru Baja
  • 2009-2013 Subaru Forester
  • 2004-2011 Subaru Impreza (including WRX/STI)
  • 2003-2014 Subaru Legacy
  • 2003-2014 Subaru Outback
  • 2006-2014 Subaru Tribeca
  • 2012-2014 Subaru WRX/STI
  • 2006 Saab 9-2X (built by Subaru, contact your local GM dealership for airbag replacement)

If you own one of these vehicles, your front airbags on the passenger side may be defective. Visit our Takata recall page and enter your VIN in our Airbag Recall Lookup Tool to identify whether your vehicle is subject to the recall. (To find your VIN, you can check your vehicle’s paperwork or stand outside your vehicle and look at the bottom right corner of your windshield.)

Subaru encourages consumers to check the recall list every three months as it may recall more vehicles in the future.

The Dangerous Problem with Takata Airbags

Automakers have recorded tens of millions of vehicles with Takata airbags to prevent injuries caused by the deployment of a defective airbag. The cause of this defect is the use of ammonium nitrate without a drying agent in the airbag inflator.

Because of the chemical’s sensitivity to moisture, it can degrade over time and become unstable. When ignited, the inflator can explode, shooting metal fragments through the vehicle, which could seriously injure occupants.

There have been a number of reported injuries due to defective Takata airbags, and the stories are terrifying.

Older Vehicles in Humid Areas Are Most At-Risk

While all vehicles with a defective airbag can pose a danger to occupants, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) notes that older vehicles in hot and humid areas are most at risk, as the chemical’s long-term exposure to moisture and high temperatures increases its volatility.

Take Action — Get Your Airbags Replaced Today

As of March 9, 2018, Subaru has parts available for all makes and models subject to the recall; however, the automaker recommends making an appointment. This way it can ensure it has the parts and manpower to perform your replacement.

According to the Subaru website, the process takes about two hours.

Subaru Airbag Repair Rate

 Subaru claims to have replaced more than half of the airbags subject to the recall (622,000 out of 1.05 million). There are still 422,000 airbags that need to be replaced. 

Injured Parties May Have Legal Options for Compensation

Parties who suffered injuries or lost loved ones due to a defective Takata airbag may have options for compensation. The team at Newsome Melton has decades of experience handling complex civil litigation cases such as these. Call 888-808-5977 today to discuss your case during a free consultation.

 

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