2018 Outback Almost Killed Me


Asked by Tanya Dec 23, 2019 at 11:44 AM about the 2018 Subaru Outback 3.6R Touring AWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Our 2018 Outback almost killed my husband today! He was getting into the car (it was running) and just opened the door, when the call rolled back. He was pinned between the door and the garage frame and fortunately the he was able to roll into the garage. He hit so hard and landed on the side of his mountain bike (was inside the door) that it punched a hole through the wall. I came out to find him laying on the ground in the garage and the car sitting in my driveway just outside the garage. There is a natural slope and it was stopped where it levels off. The door ended up being caught on the frame of the garage and opened all the way and then some before slamming back. The door is not functional and it damaged the front quarter panel as well as the driver door. This is my 3rd Outback and I am beyond horrified of this car! We have had nothing but problems from it since we have had it and I am ready to get rid of this one! DO NOT BUY THIS YEAR! There was a recall on an earlier year Outback automatic transmissions as they were doing the same thing, rolling when in park. This car could have killed him and he is fortunate he was able to get away from the car and the frame. I called Subaru this morning and have a case so we shall see if I have to get legal involved or not. Has anyone else had transmission problems?

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Regardless of a possibly long, laborious process with NHSTA or SOA (Subaru), I'd file a small claims suit in your State. Take lots of pictures write a good narrative. Check re the recall for the Park interlock, too. In Mass small claims actions are limited to $7k, which certainly covers you nicely, unless there's ongoing medical needs. Good luck, and indeed keep us posted. Best Holidays. Ern TSG/B

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