Subaru Forester: BSD/RCTA approach indicator light/warning buzzer / BSD/RCTA approach warning buzzer (only when reversing)

A warning buzzer sounds along with flashing of the BSD/RCTA approach indicator light to warn the driver of dangers.

The setting of the warning buzzer volume can be changed by operating the combination meter display (color LCD). For details, refer to “Menu screens” .

Safety tips regarding the BSD/RCTA approach indicator light/warning buzzer

  • In the following cases, operation of the BSD/RCTA approach indicator light and the warning buzzer may be delayed or the system may fail to issue these warnings.
    • When a vehicle moves to the neighboring lane from a lane next to the neighboring lane.
    • When driving on a steep incline or on repeated sharp uphill and downhill grades
    • When going beyond a pass
    • When both your vehicle and a vehicle driving on a neighboring lane are driving on the far side of each lane.
    • When several narrowly-spaced vehicles are approaching in a row.
    • In low radius bends (tight bends or when making turns at an intersection)
    • When there is a difference in height between your lane and the neighboring lane.
    • Immediately after the BSD/RCTA is activated by pressing the BSD/RCTA OFF switch.
    • Immediately after the select lever is shifted to the “R” position.
    • When extremely heavy cargo is loaded in the cargo area.

During reversing, operation of the BSD/ RCTA approach indicator light and the warning buzzer may be delayed or the system may fail to issue these warnings under the following conditions.

When backing out of an angled parking space

When a large-sized vehicle is parked next to your vehicle. (That vehicle prevents the propagation of radar waves.)

When reversing on sloped roads

When reversing at a high speed

Subaru Forester. BSD/RCTA approach warning buzzer (only when reversing)

  • The BSD/RCTA approach indicator light may illuminate when driving close to solid objects on the road or road side (such as guardrails, tunnels or sidewalls).
  • The BSD/RCTA approach indicator light may flash when turning at an intersection in urban areas or a multilane intersection.
  • The BSD/RCTA approach indicator light may flash and the warning buzzer may sound if a building or a wall exists in the reversing direction.
  • In the following cases, the system may detect a vehicle driving two lanes away from your vehicle.
    • When you are driving on the near side of the lane of the corresponding vehicle.
    • When the vehicle driving two lanes away is driving on the near side of its lane from your vehicle.

    BSD/RCTA approach indicator light

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    BSD/RCTA OFF indicator light

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