Subaru Recalls 2012 Impreza Due to Potential Airbag Malfunction
An automaker lauded for its safety standards is being forced to issue a recall.
Subaru is recalling certain 2012 model year Impreza vehicles for a defect that could deactivate the airbag. The recall includes 4-door and station wagon models, excluding the WRX and STI. Subaru believes that more than 32,000 vehicles are affected.
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. If the ODS deactivates, the front passenger airbag will be turned off and the front passenger airbag will not deploy in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury to the seat occupant.
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 (800) 782-2783.