Seat Belt Issue Leads To Subaru Recall

DETROIT — (WWJ) Subaru is recalling 275 thousand Forester SUV’s because of a possible danger for children riding in child seats.

“The automatic locking retractor in the seat belt assemblies located in the rear center seating of the affected vehicles do not meet lockability standards,” says a Subaru filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The belts apparently work fine with passengers, but don’t properly restrain child seats.

“An insecure installation of a child restraint can increase the risk of injury to a child during a crash,” said the Subaru statement.

Subaru says it doesn’t know of any injuries caused by this problem.

Owners of 2009-2012 model year Subaru Foresters will get a notice in the mail instructing them to take the vehicle to a dealer, where a newly modified automatic locking retractor will be installed.

Subaru says owners with questions can contact them at 800 782-2783.

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