INDIANA- Subaru is recalling nearly 500,000 cars for faulty airbags.
The faulty Takata airbags are located on the passenger side of the car, the driver side is not affected. The safety concern is that the airbags could explode and shoot pieces of metal out.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) explains, “Long-term exposure to high heat and humidity can cause these airbags to explode when deployed. Such explosions have caused injuries and deaths.”
The recalls apply to a number of Subaru models released between 2003 and 2014. These cars were recalled in 2015 for the same reason, but the airbags were replaced with the same defective Takata design.
Subaru says local dealerships will replace all passenger airbag inflators for free with an appointment.
NHTSA says many car brands are under the Takata airbag recall, affecting more than “tens of millions.”
2003-2006 Subaru Baja
2004-2011 Subaru Impreza
2003-2014 Subaru Legacy
2003-2014 Subaru Outback
2004-2014 Subaru WRX & STI
2009-2013 Subaru Forester
Owners can also contact the Subaru recall team at 888-575-1382 or look up their vehicle identification number (VIN) with NHTSA.
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