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Subaru US to recall nearly 367,000 Forester vehicles

Subaru Corp. will recall a total of 366,282 Forester vehicles of model years 2015-2018 in the U.S. over concerns that a component may deactivate the airbag, according to documents from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected cars' occupant detection system is at risk of loosening, potentially causing the front passenger airbag to deactivate even though the seat is occupied. A deactivated airbag could increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash, according to the documents.

Of the affected vehicles, only 10% are estimated to have the potential defect, according to a separate safety recall report. The report also noted that the cars were produced between January 2015 and August 2017.

Subaru started receiving the first field report regarding the defect in April 2016. By June 2017, it already received an additional 22 technical reports in the U.S. The company continued its investigation since then and by Sept. 26, Subaru determined the cause of failure.

The Japanese carmaker's U.S. arm, Subaru of America Inc., will start recalling the vehicles Nov. 29 to have dealers inspect them and replace the defective component, manufactured by Aptiv Services US LLC, free of charge.