2003 Subaru FORESTER Suspension Problems, Complaints and Defects, Recalls and Failures

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2003 Subaru FORESTER Suspension Problems, Complaints and Defects

 Issue ID1382147
 Internal NHTSA #10992972
 ManufacurerSubaru of America, Inc.
 Model Year2003
 File date26/05/17
Product type codeVEHICLE
 Description of the problemVehicle was originally recalled in 2011/2012 for nhtsa campaign id number: 11v464000 nhtsa action number: pe11011. At time, dealer conducted punch test and determined lower control arm to "pass" and used some type of anti-corrosion spray. Fast forward to 2017 and lower control arms have "failed" punch test with significant corrosion. I only detected this failed, and potentially life threatening condition of vehicle, by personally inspecting under carriage prior to giving vehicle to 16 year-old son as first car. I can only imagine how many of these subaru foresters that were previously, and quite conveniently determined to pass by punch test, are out there on the streets and highways with potential serious consequences to the unknowing owners of these vehicles. I respectfully submit that subaru should never have been given the option to "punch" test these lower control arms and should have been made to replace these critical parts. I would like to see subaru address the issue. To date, i have contacted subaru of america and have been denied any remedy, nor allowed to talk to a supervisor.
 Vehicle Mileage at Failure115000
Number of Occurences
Source of the issueNHTSA WEB SITE
 City and StateBETHEL, CT
VIN pattern JF1SG63663HXXXXXX
 Was vehicle invloved in a crash?N
 Was vehicle involved in a fire?N
 Was incedent reported to police?N
 Was medical attention required?N
 Was part original equipment?
No. of injured persons
No. of fatalities
 Date of purchase03/03/24
Was original owner?N
Anti-lock brakesN
Cruise controlN
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 Vehicle speed0
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 Location of tire code
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 Was defective tire repaired?
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  • What is Recall?

    A recall is when a product is removed from the market or a correction is made to the product because it is either defective or potentially harmful.
  • What is Failure?

    Failure is the state or condition of not meeting a desirable or intended objective, and may be viewed as the opposite of success. Product failure ranges from failure to sell the product to fracture of the product, in the worst cases leading to personal injury, the province of forensic engineering.
  • What is Defect?

    Non-conformance of a car component with the specified requirements, or non-fulfillment of user expectations, including the safety aspects.



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