Complaints eyed about some Subaru Forester air bag sensors
Chairman of The Board, Chief Executive Officer and President, Subaru Canada Shiro Ohta poses in front of the Subaru Forester after it won the 2017 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year during the Canadian International Autoshow, in Toronto on Thursday, February 16, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch
The Associated Press
Published Saturday, August 10, 2019 1:49PM EDT
WASHINGTON -- The National Highway Safety Administration is investigating complaints of malfunctions with the front passenger air bag sensors in more than a half-million Subaru Foresters.
In a post on its website Saturday, the NHSA said the investigation centres on Subaru Foresters from the 2016-2018 model years.
The NHSA says its Office of Defects Investigation received 51 complaints about the Foresters' occupant detection system.
The system is designed to detect when there's someone riding in the front passenger seat and then turn on the air bag so it is ready to deploy in a collision.
The complaints detail instances when the occupant detection systems turned off the front passenger air bag when a person was in the seat.
Subaru of America did not immediately return a call seeking comment.