If your Subaru vehicle is model year 2003 to 2014, it may contain a potentially defective, recalled Takata airbag. The affected airbags may rupture when they deployed, 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.
- The defect only affects passenger side airbags. Subaru recommends not allowing anyone to sit in the front passenger seat until you have had the airbag replaced.
- 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 1.25 million vehicles have been recalled.
- There are 366,000 passenger airbags that still need replacement.
- Subaru has replaced 888,000 passenger airbags in priority groups 1 through 10.
Updated: December 5, 2018
Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Subaru
Subaru Vehicles Containing Potentially Defective Takata Airbags
The recalls cover the following Subaru vehicles:
- 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 stand outside your vehicle and look at the bottom right corner of your windshield or on the placard inside the door frame.)
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 recalled tens of millions of vehicles with Takata airbags. The recalled airbags contain the chemical compound ammonium nitrate, which is used as a propellant that is housed in a metal canister in the steering wheel or behind the passenger dash. In a crash, the propellant is ignited to rapidly generate gas which inflates the airbag cushion. But ammonium nitrate, used by Takata as cheap alternative to other more stable airbag chemicals, is volatile even under the best conditions. It is also highly sensitive to moisture and heat which degrades the propellant and causes it to generate too much pressure too quickly. The excessive pressure can rupture the canister, spewing metal fragments into the vehicle and occupants. More than 23 people worldwide have died, and hundreds more have been injured.
While all vehicles with the recalled airbags can pose a danger to occupants, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has warned 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.
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 to ensure it has the parts and manpower to perform your replacement.
According to the Subaru website, the process takes about one hour.
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.