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Subaru Recalls Imprezas for Airbag Hazard

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Lauren Fernandez2 years ago

Subaru is recalling 2012 Imprezas due to a dangerous airbag sensor problem.

About the Recalled Vehicles

Subaru has recalled 32,400 Impreza vehicles in order to replace a dangerous malfunctioning passenger-side airbag sensor, reports Car and Driver.

The style of sensor, introduced in Imprezas in the 2012 model year, was designed to detect occupancy by electrical capacitance, not weight like many other vehicles. However, it has now been found to trip up when a person’s clothing is wet or when a person uses an electronic device, such as a cellphone, while seated.

Such situations can cause the airbag to activate improperly or become disabled even if an adult is occupying the seat. The sensor has since been reprogrammed and Subaru dealers will replace faulty sensors.

This recall is not related to the Takata airbag recall which affected many older Subaru Imprezas. The 2013 BRZ and 2013 Impreza use the same sensor as the 2012 Impreza but no complaints concerning these models have been disclosed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or Subaru.

Description of the Recalled Vehicles

  • Recall of 32,400 Subaru Imprezas.
  • 2012 Imprezas recalled, but not the WRX or WRX STI.
  • The recall is not related to the airbag itself, or to the massive Takata airbag recall, only occupancy sensors of the passenger- side airbag.
  • Subaru will replace the problematic sensors. 


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