Subaru recall: Subaru recalls 275,000 2009-2012 Forester SUVs due to seat belt issue

By on Mar 15, 2012 in Automobile, United States Comments

Subaru America recently announced a voluntary recall of around 275,000 2009-2012 Forester SUVs due to a potential problem on the seat belts that could cause injury especially to children.

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As noted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on its official website on Thursday, March 15, 2012, the seat belts of the affected vehicles do not meet locking requirements.

According to the report, the recalled Subaru Forester SUV’s, which were manufactured from November 26, 2007 to March 13, 2012, failed to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 208, which may not permit proper installation of child seats.

Apparently, NHTSA did not mention anything about reports of related incidents or how they were able to identify the problem, but noted that it could increase the risk of injury to a child in case of a crash.

Nevertheless, Subaru said they will inform the owners about the said recall which is being expected to start on or before April 13, 2012, wherein dealers will replace the rear center seat belt assembly with a newly automatic locking retractor with no extra cost.

For more information about this Subaru recall, owners are being advised to contact their office at 1-800-782-2783 or the NHTSA Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153), or visit

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