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Subaru logo24 Aug 2001

By BRUCE NEWTON

THE Forester achieved a four-star result (out of a maximum five stars) when it was last crash tested by the Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) in April 1999. It reported the Forester's passenger compartment held its shape reasonably well in both the full frontal and offset frontal crash tests, offering good protection from serious injury for the driver and front passenger. However, protection from serious lower leg injury was poor for the driver in the offset test. The upper seatbelt anchorages are height adjustable, while the front seatbelt buckles are mounted on the seat, which means they move with the fore/aft travel of the seat. These features are said to improve the fit of the seatbelt. Dual front airbags and front side airbags (seat-mounted) are fitted as standard on the GT.

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