Subaru Recall Alert for Faulty Airbags 

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April 08, 2024
Edward Smith

Faulty Airbags Responsible for Subaru Recall Alert

In recent news that impacts vehicle safety and the well-being of drivers and passengers in Sacramento and beyond, Subaru has announced a significant recall alert. Many Outback and Legacy vehicles are being recalled due to a dangerous fault in the airbag system.

Critical Sensor Malfunction Cause of Recall Alert

Subaru’s recall covers 118,723 2020-2022 Outback and Legacy model units. The heart of the issue is a sensor malfunction that could prevent the front passenger airbag from deploying during a collision. This defect increases the likelihood of injury in an accident, posing serious concerns about passenger safety.

The Cause of the Problem

The affected vehicles under recall alert are equipped with an Occupant Detection System (ODS) sensor to ascertain whether the front passenger seat is occupied. Unfortunately, a sensor circuit board flaw can lead to moisture intrusion, ultimately causing a short circuit. When such a fault occurs, the system may fail to detect an occupant in the passenger seat, rendering the airbag non-functional in critical moments.

Response and Remediation

Subaru has committed to addressing this safety issue head-on. Affected Outback and Legacy owners will be notified directly and can have the faulty ODS sensors replaced at no charge. Vehicle owners and lessees are encouraged to contact Subaru or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for further information on the recall process and safety measures.

The Dynamics of Airbag Deployment

Upon impact, front-mounted sensors evaluate the collision’s severity to determine if airbag deployment is necessary. This process, which completes in under 0.05 seconds, activates inflators that fill the airbags rapidly. Strategically placed throughout the vehicle, airbags act as a cushion for passengers, preventing harsh contact with the car’s interiors and each other. They distribute the force of the collision across a broader area, effectively reducing the impact on passengers.

Airbags Have Significantly Contributed to Vehicle Safety

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, frontal airbags have been credited with saving the lives of over 50,000 individuals in the U.S. They offer a 29 percent reduction in driver fatalities during frontal collisions and a 32 percent decrease in deaths among front-seat passengers aged 13 and above.

Furthermore, airbags, seat belts, and other safety mechanisms have contributed to a 30 percent reduction in U.S. vehicular fatalities since reaching a peak of 54,589 deaths in 1972, despite the population increasing by over 100 million.

Legal Assistance When You Are Injured by an Auto Defect

This recall alert urgently reminds Sacramento residents who drive the affected Subaru models of the importance of vehicle maintenance and safety checks. At, we understand the critical nature of ensuring vehicle safety to protect occupants on the road. Our team is here to assist if you have suffered injuries due to an auto defect. You may have the right to file an auto product liability claim against the manufacturer and others in the production line.

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