Subaru of America is recalling certain 2019 Crosstrek subcompact models over a potential problem with its rear seatbelt assemblies. According to a report on Torque News, Subaru says the Crosstrek has a dual-mode locking mechanism and the seatbelt webbing sensors may not lock as intended. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says in the event of a crash involving multiple impacts, the seatbelt may not properly restrain the occupant, increasing the risk of injury.
Details of the Recall
The latest recall affects some 2019 models because of a manufacturing defect in their rear seatbelts. In the event of an accident, the seatbelts may not lock as intended. In such cases, rear occupants may not be restrained properly increasing the risk of injury and/or death to vehicle occupants. The recall in the United States includes all 2019 Crosstrek model-year vehicles manufactured from Aug. 22, 2019 through Sept. 13, 2019. About 4,862 vehicles have been affected, NHTSA reports.
Subaru explains that the Crosstrek subcompact is equipped with rear seatbelt assemblies with a dual locking mechanism, which means a primary G-sensor lock and a redundant webbing sensor lock. Due to the improper installation of a pawl spring at the supplier, the redundant webbing sensor lock may not function properly for some right and left rear seatbelts identified by the supplier. Subaru says the primary G-sensor lock in these seatbelts is not affected and will remain fully functional.
Subaru will notify vehicle owners in the next two months and dealers will replace rear seatbelt assemblies at no cost to consumers. The recall is expected to begin on April 24. Anyone with questions is urged to call Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6612.
Auto Product Liability Issues
Seatbelts are critical safety devices in a vehicle that could make the difference between life and death. When seat restraint systems don’t work as intended, there is the danger of a catastrophic injury or even death. Automakers have a responsibility to manufacture vehicles that not only keep occupants safe, but also protect them in the event of a crash.
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a defective auto, you may be able to seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. An experienced auto defect lawyer will be able to advise injured victims and their families regarding their legal rights and options.