Description: Subaru is recalling certain model year 2009-2012 Forester vehicles manufactured from November 26, 2007, through March 13, 2012.
Hazard: The automatic locking retractor in the seat belt assemblies located in the rear center seating of the affected vehicles do not meet lock ability requirements and fail to comply with federal motor vehicle safety standards. Specifically, the assemblies may not permit proper installation and secure attachment of a child restraint in that seating position. An insecure installation of a child restraint can increase the risk of injury to a child during a crash.
Remedy: Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rear center seat belt assembly with a newly modified automatic locking retractor, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on or before April 13, 2012. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783.