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Thousands of Irish Subaru cars recalled due to defect in passenger airbag

The recall affects 2,500 vehicles in the Republic of Ireland.

File photo - Subaru Outback
File photo - Subaru Outback
Image: Shutterstock/Everyonephoto Studio

Update: 30 August

SUBARU IRELAND HAS issued hundreds of recall notices to drivers across the country due to a defect in passenger airbags. 

Certain Impreza, Tribeca, Forester Legacy and Outback models of passenger vehicles produced between 2004 and 2014 are now subject to a voluntary recall.* 

According to the recall notice, this is due to a safety issue being identified.

It warned that a defect in the gas generator of the passenger airbag can lead to an uncontrolled release when the airbag is triggered and loosens metal fragments.

This can cause injuries to passengers, it said.

The recall affects 2,500 vehicles in the Republic of Ireland. 


Subaru Ireland has written directly to all customers inviting them to attend a registered garage where necessary repairs and/or replacement of parts will be carried out free of charge, according to the recall notice. 

If you believe that your vehicle may be impacted by this recall, then you can contact Subaru Ireland on 01 403 3969 or alternatively, email them at

A spokesperson for Subaru said: “This recall campaign has been in place since 2016. All customers affected have been contacted and directed to their local Subaru dealer where updates are carried out free of charge to the customer.” 

*This article has been amended to change an inaccuracy in the original recall notice, which said the cars were registered between 2017 and 2019. Cars subject to voluntary recall were registered between 2004 and 2014. 

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