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Recall 15V419000

Front Passenger Air Bag Deactivates Unexpectedly

Recall Details

The occupant detection system that deactivates the passenger air bag may malfunction, resulting in the air bag being shut off unintentionally. This may occur when using an accessory plugged into the power outlet. Dealers will replace the occupant control unit free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The front passenger air bag may deactivate unintentionally due to a malfunction of the occupant detection system.

What Should You Do?

Subaru will notify owners of affected vehicles (a timeline of this notification is unavailable as of the time of this writing). You can check with your dealer to see if your vehicle is involved in this program. It is helpful to have your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on hand when you contact them. The Subaru recall number is WQT-55.

Affected Cars

Drive Train, July 1, 2015

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
July 1, 2015
NHTSA Action Number
PE15012
Potential Number of Units Affected
32,400
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
15V419000
Component
AIR BAGS
Summary
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2012 model year Subaru Impreza 4-Door and Station Wagon vehicles (except WRX/STI models) manufactured April 21, 2011, to February 16, 2012. In the affected vehicles, the Occupant Detection System (ODS) may deactivate if a front seat passenger operates a device that is plugged into the power outlet such as a music player or cell phone, or touches a metal part of the vehicle such as the forward/rearward seat adjuster lever.
Consequence
If the ODS deactivates, the front passenger air bag will be turned off and the front passenger air bag will not deploy in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury to the seat occupant.
Remedy
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the Occupant Control Unit with a modified one, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's number for this recall is WQT-55.
Notify
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
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