Subaru Forester: On-road and off-road driving - Safety precautions when driving - Subaru Forester Owner's ManualSubaru Forester: On-road and off-road driving

This vehicle is classified as a utility vehicle. Utility vehicles have a significantly higher rollover rate than other types of vehicles. Your vehicle has a higher ground clearance and higher center of gravity, making it more likely to roll over than ordinary passenger cars. It also handles and maneuvers differently from other passenger cars. For this reason, please read carefully the following section and follow the instructions and precautions in order to prevent serious injury or death due to loss of control, rollover and other accidents. Refer to “On-road and off-road driving”.

    California Perchlorate Advisory
    Certain vehicle components such as airbag modules, seatbelt pretensioners and keyless entry transmitter batteries may contain perchlorate material. Special handling may apply for service or ve ...

    General information
    Noise from under the vehicle NOTE You may hear a noise from under the vehicle approximately 5 hours after the engine is turned off. However, this does not indicate a malfunction. This noise ...

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    Full-time 4WD operation
    (If installed) Engine power can be delivered to all wheels. Full-time 4WD is useful when good traction is required, such as, when driving on slippery, wet or snow-covered roads and when moving ...

    Setting the glove box air vent
    When automatic climate control is activated, the glove box can be ventilated, for instance to cool its contents. The level of airflow depends on the airflow and air distribution settings. Clos ...

    Vehicles with manual transmission
    Shift to either first gear or reverse gear R. Turn the SmartKey to position 0 in the ignition lock and remove it. The immobilizer is activated. Apply the parking brake firmly. ...