Subaru is recalling certain 2009-2012 Forester models for a faulty rear middle seatbelt. The recall affects approximately 275,000 Foresters manufactured from Nov. 26, 2007 through March 13, 2012. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the rear middle seatbelt may not properly lock, which increases the likelihood of a child in a car seat getting injured during a crash.
While no statement has been made about whether or not the rear middle seatbelt is unsafe for adults, owners should avoid placing child seats there until the problem is fixed. Motor Trend writes, “If the belt does not restrain the seat, there is a higher risk for injury to a child sitting in the backseat in a car seat.”
Subaru hasn’t received any reports of injuries related to the problem. The Associated Press reports that NHTSA discovered the problem during routine testing.
Subaru will contact owners of the affected Forester models to visit a dealer to replace the rear center seatbelt assembly free of charge. The recall will begin on or before April 13. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783 or NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236 with any questions.
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