Find a Car

2012 Subaru Outback, Legacy Recalled For Airbag Flaw

Follow Richard

2012 Subaru Outback

2012 Subaru Outback

Enlarge Photo

Subaru of America has issued a recall for its Outback and Legacy vehicles from the 2012 model year. At issue is a problem with the airbag system, which could lead to serious injury in the event of an accident.

The problem stems from an incorrect mixture of propellant that's used to deploy the side-curtain airbags. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the propellant causes an insufficient output of compressed gas, which means that the airbags may not inflate properly, or in some cases, they might not deploy at all.

The flaw affects vehicles manufactured between December 1 and December 23, 2011. All told, 381 vehicles are subject to recall.

If you believe you own one of the affected vehicles, you may have to wait just a bit for confirmation: Subaru isn't expected to begin notifying owners about the recall until early April. At that time, you'll be able to take your vehicle to a Subaru dealer, who will inspect and replace one or both side-curtain airbags.

Should you have questions in the meantime, we encourage you to call Subaru directly at 800-782-2783 and ask about recall #WVZ-36. Alternately, you can call the NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and inquire about campaign #12V047000.

Follow Us


Have an opinion?

  • Posting indicates you have read this site's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use
  • Notify me when there are more comments
Comment (1)
  1. I think they need to look a bit deeper - We had a 2010 Outback until about a month ago until it was totalled - no airbags deployed and the front end was destroyed. Thought it might have been because of it being a funny 'corner hit' between sensors so we decided to let it go, but a friend with a 2006 (?) outback just got in a T-bone style accident, again destroying the front of the car, and this time she hit her head on the window where the curtain airbag was supposed to deploy and again, no airbags deployed. No excuse on this one... For a car with #1 safety ratings that I have always loved, I have high concern now...
    Post Reply
    Bad stuff?


Have an opinion? Join the conversation!

Try My Showroom
Save cars, write notes, and comparison shop with hi-res photos.
Add your first car
Take Us With You!
Related Used Listings
Browse used listings in your area

© 2015 The Car Connection. All Rights Reserved. The Car Connection is published by High Gear Media. Stock photography by izmo, Inc. Send us feedback.