from a Subaru Customer Service Representative:
Hi! I have a website that
discusses the availability of seat belt extenders. I had gotten many reports
that you did not have seat belt extenders available, but today someone emailed
me to let me know that they'd gotten extenders for their 2002 Forester. Do you
have seat belt extenders available now? If so, how does an owner go about getting
them? I'd like to update my website to reflect this information. http://www.ifisher.com/getbelts.asp.
First name: Elizabeth
Last name: Fisher
Dear Ms. Fisher:
Thank you for visiting
the Subaru Website and for your message.
We appreciate you taking
the time to contact us. At this time, we are offering seatbelt extenders for
some of our vehicles. You should contact your local Subaru dealer for the availability
and pricing for your model Subaru.
If we can be of any other
assistance, please do not hesitate to recontact us.
Subaru of America, Inc
THANK YOU SUBARU!
to thank Subaru for making seat belt extenders available for some of their vehicles
Below is what was on this
page prior to 10/30/2002:
Subaru Says NO to Seat Belts for Larger Passengers Too!
Subaru does not offer seat belt extenders
Bonnie's boyfriend recently purchased a new Subaru. It wasn't until after the
purchase Bonnie discovered the seat belts weren't long enough.
Subaru told Bonnie that their seat belts meet NHTSA's stringent safety standards.
Unfortunately for Bonnie, it doesn't matter how stringent the safety standards
are if the belt is too short to buckle. The NHTSA regulation Subaru cites in
the letter only requires automoblie manufacturers to provide seat belts that
fit passengers up to 215 lbs. In light of the laws in 49 states (all except
New Hampshire) requiring seat belt use, isn't it time for NHTSA to update their
outdated regulation and for Subaru to get a clue from the other twenty two automobile
manufacturers who DO provide a means for larger passengers to buckle their seat
Shame on you Subaru, for failing to provide seat belts that fit your customers!
Fortunately for Bonnie, in a desperate search for an extender that would fit
her vehicle, Bonnie and her boyfriend located a Nissan Altima extender that
fits the Subaru.
If you want to help change the outdated regulation that provided Subaru with
an excuse for not providing for the safety of their passengers, please contact
the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and ask them to amend Code
of Federal Regulation 49CFR451.209 so that passengers of all sizes will be able
to fasten their seat belts, not just those up to 215 lbs.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
400 Seventh Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20590