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Subaru Legacy and Outback 2020-2022 Recalls Due to Airbag Sensor Failure

Subaru Outback Recall 2020-2022: Airbag Sensor Issue

Subaru has issued a recall affecting more than 118,000 vehicles, specifically the 2020-2022 Subaru Outback and Subaru Legacy models.

The recall is due to a defect in the capacitors of the Occupant Detection System (ODS) sensors, which may crack and short-circuit, preventing the front passenger airbag from deploying in a crash.

Detailed Description of the Issue

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that the affected Subaru Legacy and Subaru Outback models have airbag sensors in the front passenger seats that may fail due to deformed capacitors.

This defect can lead to the front passenger airbag not deploying during a crash, posing a severe risk to occupants.

Potential Risks

The primary risk associated with this Subaru Outback Recall 2020-2022 and Subaru Legacy Recall 2020-2022 is the failure of the front passenger airbag to deploy in a collision.

This can lead to severe injuries or fatalities. Proper airbag function is crucial for occupant safety.

Models Affected

The recall impacts the following Subaru models:

Investigation and Recall Initiation

Subaru received 23 technical reports about the airbag issues between January 2021 and February 2024.

This led to an investigation and the subsequent recall in March 2024.

Owner Notification and Next Steps

Subaru will notify affected owners by mail starting May 21, 2024.

Owners will receive instructions on how to proceed with the Subaru Outback Recall 2020-2022 and Subaru Legacy Recall 2020-2022.

It is recommended that owners contact their local Subaru dealerships to schedule an inspection and, if necessary, replacement of the ODS sensors, which will be provided free of charge.

Repair Process

To address the issue, Subaru dealers will replace the front passenger seat occupant detection system sensors.

This repair ensures that the airbags will deploy correctly in the event of a collision.

The repair process is expected to be quick, but owners should contact their dealerships to arrange an appointment as soon as possible.

Legal Rights and Recourse

Under the Highway Safety Act of 1970, vehicle manufacturers are required to repair any recalled defects or replace defective parts free of charge.

If a dealership refuses to perform the necessary repairs or attempts to charge for the service, vehicle owners should contact Subaru directly to resolve the matter.

Assistance from Lemon Law Group Partners

Lemon Law Group Partners can provide valuable assistance to car owners facing difficulties during the Subaru Outback Recall 2020-2022 and Subaru Legacy Recall 2020-2022.

Our experienced attorneys work directly with the manufacturer on behalf of the client to ensure a swift and satisfactory resolution.

In many cases, the legal fees are covered by the manufacturer, allowing clients to receive experienced legal counsel at no additional cost.

For more information and a free consultation, call (888) 415-0610.


Owners of the 2020-2022 Subaru Legacy and 2020-2022 Subaru Outback should take this recall seriously and have their vehicles inspected and repaired as soon as possible.

Ensuring that the airbag sensors function correctly is crucial for occupant safety.

Subaru is committed to resolving this issue efficiently and urges all affected owners to take immediate action.

Additional Information

Drivers can also check the NHTSA website to see if their vehicle has been affected by the recall.

The recall number for this Subaru recall is WRA-24.


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