Your safety is our priority.
The Forester is designed to protect its occupants with a series of advanced systems and features, balancing rigid strength with controlled deformation in key areas to better manage impact forces. Systematically placed airbags, whiplash-reducing front seats, retracting pedals and 3-point seatbelts are all part of providing safety to the occupants directly.
Ring-Shaped Reinforcement Frames
The Ring-shaped Reinforcement Frames strengthen the passenger cabin's roof, doors, pillars and floor. This design helps divert and dissipate impact energy away from the occupants in a collision by use of high-strength materials and strategic placements. Whilst making it stronger with increased torsional rigidity, the overall frame is still lightweight.
Break Away Engine
Every Subaru goes above and beyond common practice when it comes to your safety. In the event of a head-on collision, the SUBARU BOXER engine and gearbox are designed to absorb the impact and break away from the cabin for your protection.
Seats, Seatbelts and SRS*1 Airbags
Standard on Forester are front SRS airbags, plus front-side and curtain SRS airbags. Also, a driver's side knee SRS airbag greatly increases protection of the lower extremities in frontal impacts. Height-adjustable front seatbelts feature pretensioners to hold passengers firmly in place, and load limiters that ease peak forces to the chest. In a rear collision, front seats utilise rigid frames, firm headrests and such details as energy-absorbing mounting of the inner seat springs, all to help reduce the chance of whiplash.
The Forester is highly ranked for superior visibility. By redesigning the A-pillar and integrating the partition windows into the front doors, we greatly reduced the size of blind spots. The side mirrors have also been placed onto the door panels, creating a remarkably open field of view. You can see easily in both the front and rear directions, so driving in the city on narrow roads is never a problem.
Shock-absorbing space within the vehicle helps reduce pedestrian injury, as do an energy-absorbing front bumper with a specially designed area around the windshield wipers. And in order to provide protection in the head zone, a split-type construction in the front has been implemented.
*1 SRS: Supplemental Restraint System. Effective when used in conjunction with seatbelts.