WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating complaints of malfunctions with the front passenger air bag sensors in more than a half-million Subaru Foresters.
In a post on its website Saturday, the NHTSA said the investigation centers on Subaru Foresters from the 2016-2018 model years.READ MORE: Cal Fire Crews Respond to Vegetation Fire in Sonoma County
The NHTSA says its Office of Defects Investigation received 51 complaints about the Foresters’ occupant detection system.READ MORE: San Francisco Announces New Anti-Retail Theft Initiative
The system is designed to detect when there’s someone riding in the front passenger seat and then turn on the air bag so it is ready to deploy in a collision.
The complaints detail instances when the occupant detection systems turned off the front passenger air bag when a person was in the seat.MORE NEWS: UPDATE: Scott Peterson To Be Re-Sentenced For 2002 Christmas Eve Murder Of Pregnant Wife
Subaru of America did not immediately return a call seeking comment.