Certain units of the Subaru Impreza are subjected to a recall because of a problem with their airbags.
Owners of the 2012 model year Subaru Impreza four-door sedan and station wagons, except for the WRX / STI models, will have to take a trip back to the dealers. According to the NHTSA, the affected vehicles the ODS (Occupant Detection System) may deactivate if the front seat passenger will be operating a device plugged in the power outlet or will touch a metal part of the vehicle like the forward / rearward seat adjuster lever and this can turn the airbag off, increasing the risk of injury during a crash.
“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 air bag will be turned off and the front passenger air bag will not deploy in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury to the seat occupant”, says the NHTSA.
The affected Subaru Impreza vehicles are from the 2012 model year and they have been produced between the 21st of April, 2011, and the 16th of February, 2012. Owners of these cars will be notified by Subaru and the company’s dealers will replace the OCU (Occupant Control Unit), free of charge. A notification schedule hasn’t been provided at this point but owners can contact Subaru at 1 800 782 2783 or the NHTSA at 1 888 327 4236.