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SUBARU OUTBACK - 2007 SUBARU OUTBACK Problems & Complaints

 
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by Subaru of America, Inc.

There are 61 complaints filed for the 2007 SUBARU OUTBACK

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 2007 SUBARU OUTBACK. These problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. If you like to file an official complaint for the 2007 SUBARU OUTBACK, you can do so by calling the NHTSA Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm at 888-327-4236, TTY: 800-424-9153. You can also file your complaint online by clicking here. Your complaint will be added to the NHTSA complaints database after a thorough review. If a trend is discovered, an investigation will be opened by the ODI.

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Air Bags (13) Engine And Engine Cooling (3) Latches Locks Linkages (1) Steering (4) Traction Control System (1)
Child Seat (1) Equipment (1) Power Train (5) Structure (3) Vehicle Speed Control (9)
Electrical System (7) Exterior Lighting (3) Seat Belts (1) Suspension (10) Visibility (1)
Electronic Stability Control (2) Fuel Propulsion System (1) Seats (1) Tires (3) Wheels (3)
Engine (8) Fuel System Gasoline (2) Service Brakes Hydraulic (2)

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AIR BAGS

4/28/2015 - LYNDON, VT
AIRBAG SENSOR HAS BEEN ON AND OFF FOR SOME TIME, BUT NOW BLEEPS ALMOST CONTINUALLY. WE TOOK IT TO THE LOCAL SUBARU DEALER (ST. JOHNSBURY, VT) AND FOR APPROX. $280 THEY TRIED TO FIX IT. WHEN THIS DID NOT WORK, THEY SAID WE NEED TO CAME BACK AND PAY A FURTHER $500++ TO FIX THIS. I UNDERSTAND THIS IS A SERIOUS SAFETY ISSUE AS THE AIRBAG WILL NOT DEPLOY. VEHICLE HAS NEVER BEEN IN AN ACCIDENT. I HAVE READ ON-LINE THAT THE PROBLEM IS FAULTY SOLDERING OF THE OVERHEAD CHIP FOR THE AIRBAGS. $780++ SEEMS LIKE A BIG EXPENSE FOR A SAFETY ITEM THAT SHOULD HAVE A LONGER LIFE SPAN.

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AIR BAGS

3/25/2015 - MAPLE VALLEY, WA
DRIVER'S AIRBAG LIGHT IS CONSTANTLY ON ON THE DASHBOARD. THIS WILL CAUSE AIRBAGS TO NOT DEPLOY DURING A COLLISION. A BRIEF INTERNET SEARCH REVEALS THE SAME ISSUE IS ONGOING FOR MANY 2007 SUBARU OUTBACK MODELS. IT IS BELIEVED TO BE DUE TO FAULTY SOLDERING OF THE OVERHEAD CHIP FOR THE AIRBAGS. THIS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED AS AN EXTREMELY SERIOUS SAFETY INCIDENT.

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AIR BAGS

2/26/2015 - SEATTLE, WA
DASHBOARD AIRBAG LIGHT TURNED ON. AIRBAG SAFETY SYSTEM IS SUBSEQUENTLY DISABLED, EVEN IN THE EVENT OF AN ACCIDENT. SOURCE OF PROBLEM IS TRACED BACK TO INDICATOR LIGHT IN THE OVER HEAD CONSOLE. THE WARNING LIGHTS DO NOT LIGHT UP AS THEY SHOULD. THE PASSENGER SEAT BELT OR OFF LIGHTS DO NOT APPEAR WHEN THEY SHOULD SOMETIMES THEY ARE DIM AND RESOLVE WITH A LIGHT TAP OR CHANGE IN AMBIENT TEMPERATURE. BRIEF INTERNET SEARCH REVEALS THIS IS COMMON AND IS THE RESULT OF FAULTY SOLDER IN THE OVERHEAD CONSOLE. DEALERSHIP ADVISES REPLACE THE ENTIRE CONSOLE AT OWNER EXPENSE. PART COSTS $130, LABOR IS EVEN MORE. I AM NOT AN ELECTRICAL ENGINEER AND HAVE NO IDEA IF SOLDERS SHOULD FAIL AT 8 YEARS. THIS PARTICULAR SOLDER IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE AIRBAG SYSTEM AND RENDERS THE VEHICLE UNSAFE TO DRIVE. SUBARU SHOULD REMEDY THIS WITH A RECALL OR AT LEAST REIMBURSE MY COST. I WILL PROVIDE THE DEALERSHIP WITH A COPY OF THIS REPORT.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

2/26/2015 - SEATTLE, WA
DASHBOARD AIRBAG LIGHT TURNED ON. AIRBAG SAFETY SYSTEM IS SUBSEQUENTLY DISABLED, EVEN IN THE EVENT OF AN ACCIDENT. SOURCE OF PROBLEM IS TRACED BACK TO INDICATOR LIGHT IN THE OVER HEAD CONSOLE. THE WARNING LIGHTS DO NOT LIGHT UP AS THEY SHOULD. THE PASSENGER SEAT BELT OR OFF LIGHTS DO NOT APPEAR WHEN THEY SHOULD SOMETIMES THEY ARE DIM AND RESOLVE WITH A LIGHT TAP OR CHANGE IN AMBIENT TEMPERATURE. BRIEF INTERNET SEARCH REVEALS THIS IS COMMON AND IS THE RESULT OF FAULTY SOLDER IN THE OVERHEAD CONSOLE. DEALERSHIP ADVISES REPLACE THE ENTIRE CONSOLE AT OWNER EXPENSE. PART COSTS $130, LABOR IS EVEN MORE. I AM NOT AN ELECTRICAL ENGINEER AND HAVE NO IDEA IF SOLDERS SHOULD FAIL AT 8 YEARS. THIS PARTICULAR SOLDER IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE AIRBAG SYSTEM AND RENDERS THE VEHICLE UNSAFE TO DRIVE. SUBARU SHOULD REMEDY THIS WITH A RECALL OR AT LEAST REIMBURSE MY COST. I WILL PROVIDE THE DEALERSHIP WITH A COPY OF THIS REPORT.

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STRUCTURE: BODY

2/23/2015 - LEWISTON, ID
I WAS ON CRUISE CONTROL DRIVING THE SPEED LIMIT AND A FULL SIZED PREGNANT DEER JUMPED RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME. I HIT THE DEER FULL SPEED. IT DID OVER $8000. IN DAMAGE TO THE CAR, BUT THE AIR BAG DIDN'T DEPLOY. IT WAS LIKE AN EXPLOSION, AND THE FRONT OF THE CAR WAS MASHED UP AND HEAD LIGHTS KNOCKED OUT, ETC. THE DEER WAS CUT IN 1/2 AND FLEW AROUND THE CAR, BUT IT DID NOT HIT THE WINDSHIELD. THE AIR BAGS DID NOT GO OFF, I REPEAT, AND I'M KIND OF CONCERNED THAT IT WOULDN'T WORK IN A COLLISION.

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AIR BAGS

1/26/2015 - BOULDER, CO
AIRBAG LIGHT ON DASH CAME ON AND FRONT PASSENGER SEAT AIRBAG MONITOR IN OVERHEAD CONSOLE FAILED. THE PROBLEM WAS WITH A FAULTY PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD IN THE OVERHEAD CONSOLE, AND HAS SINCE BEEN FIXED.

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ENGINE

1/21/2015 - VICTOR, NY
WHEN THE OUTSIDE TEMPERATURE IS BELOW 32 DEGREES F, THERE IS A STRONG ODOUR OF EXHAUST FUMES OR GAS COMING FROM THE ENGINE. WHEN YOU TURN THE CLIMATE CONTROL TO THE CABIN AIR RECIRCULATING POSITION THE SMELL DECREASES DRAMATICALLY. THIS CAR MUST BE DRIVEN WITH A WINDOW PARTIALLY OPEN FOR FRESH AIR FOR SAFETY. THE ODOUR IS STRONG ENOUGH TO CAUSE NAUSEA. THERE ARE NUMEROUS PROBLEMS ON THE INTERNET REGARDING THIS ISSUE WITH SUBARU. SUBARU HAS NEVER ISSUED A RECALL TO THE BEST OF BY KNOWLEDGE.

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FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

1/21/2015 - VICTOR, NY
WHEN THE OUTSIDE TEMPERATURE IS BELOW 32 DEGREES F, THERE IS A STRONG ODOUR OF EXHAUST FUMES OR GAS COMING FROM THE ENGINE. WHEN YOU TURN THE CLIMATE CONTROL TO THE CABIN AIR RECIRCULATING POSITION THE SMELL DECREASES DRAMATICALLY. THIS CAR MUST BE DRIVEN WITH A WINDOW PARTIALLY OPEN FOR FRESH AIR FOR SAFETY. THE ODOUR IS STRONG ENOUGH TO CAUSE NAUSEA. THERE ARE NUMEROUS PROBLEMS ON THE INTERNET REGARDING THIS ISSUE WITH SUBARU. SUBARU HAS NEVER ISSUED A RECALL TO THE BEST OF BY KNOWLEDGE.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

1/3/2015 - EDINA, MN
SEVERAL BROKEN WIRES IN THE PASSENGER SIDE FLEXIBLE JOINT WHERE THE ELECTRICAL WIRING TRAVELS BETWEEN THE REAR CARGO AREA AND THE TAILGATE WERE DISCOVERED. IT APPEARS THAT INFERIOR WIRE INSULATION BECOMES BRITTLE OVER TIME AND LEADS TO BROKEN WIRES. SYMPTOMS WERE THAT THE REAR WINDOW WINDSHIELD WIPER FAILS SPORADICALLY / DOES NOT RETURN TO HOME LOCATION, AND THERE IS NO POWER AT THE LICENSE PLATE LIGHT. WIRING FOR REAR BRAKE LIGHTS AND LOCKS ALSO TRAVEL THROUGH THIS JOINT AND CAN BE AFFECTED. MANY SUBARU OUTBACK OWNERS ARE DISCOVERING THIS ISSUE AND DISCUSSING ONLINE. SINCE THIS CAN AFFECT THE WINDSHIELD WIPER AND THE REAR LIGHTS, THIS IS A SAFETY ISSUE. GIVEN THE NUMBER OF OWNERS DISCOVERING THE ISSUE, THERE SHOULD BE A RECALL ISSUED TO FIX THIS PROBLEM.

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AIR BAGS

12/30/2014 - EVANSTON, IL
AIR BAG WARNING LIGHT COMES ON INTERMITTENTLY, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT IS COLD OR WET OUTSIDE

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