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According to a March 15 article in The Detroit News by David Shepardson, Subaru is recalling an estimated 275,000 of the 2009-2012 Subaru Foresters, to replace the automatic locking retractor in the rear center seats. Subaru says that seat belts on the "small Subaru SUVs do not meet locking requirements and may not permit proper installation of child safety seats." The report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not specify whether any injuries or accidents had occurred as a result of this problem.

The Subaru recall should begin on or about April 13, 2012, when Subaru notifies owners and dealers it will replace the rear center seat belt assembly with a newly modified automatic locking retractor. Because this is an extensive recall, Subaru will repair the vehicles in phases, with 2009 Subaru Foresters not scheduled for repair until 2013. Cars still in inventory will be repaired by dealers replacing the rear center seat belt assembly with a new one with a shorter belt length and modified Automatic Locking Retractor gears. This is a potential safety defect, so get your Subaru repaired at an authorized Subaru deal as soon as possible.

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