Subaru Forester: Seatbelt warning light and chime / Rear passenger’s seats (if equipped)

Subaru Forester. Rear passenger’s seats (if equipped)

  1. Rear left seat
  2. Rear center seat
  3. Rear right seat

With the ignition switch turned to the “ON” position, the seatbelt warning light and chime reminds the rear passenger to fasten their seatbelt by illuminating the warning lights in the locations indicated in the above illustration and sounding a chime.


  • The driver must check that the all passengers have fastened their seatbelts properly since the occupant detection system may not detect passengers under the following circumstances.
    • When cushions or child restraint systems, etc., are used
    • When a child or small adult is sitting in the seat
  • Observe the following precautions
    • Do not apply any strong impact to the rear seat.
    • Do not fold the seatback forward when objects are on the seat.
    • Do not spill liquid on the rear seat. If liquid is spilled, wipe itoff immediately.
    • Do not remove or disassemble the rear seat.


  • The occupant detection system of the rear seat detects if the seat is occupied by a passenger. Heavy cargo or large pets on the rear seat may result in the activation of the passenger seatbelt warning light and chime. Fastening the rear seatbelt prior to loading cargo or large pets will avoid activating the passenger seatbelt warning light and chime.
  • When folding the rear seat, ensure that the seat is empty prior to folding. Items caught between the seat bottom and seatback, when folded, may damage the seat surface or activate the passenger seatbelt warning light and chime.


If passengers in the rear seats do not fasten their seatbelts while the ignition switch is turned to the “ON” position, the seatbelt warning lights will illuminate or blink to indicate that their seatbelts are not fastened.


  • If the rear passenger’s seatbelt(s) are/is still not fastened while driving, the seatbelt warning device operates as follows according to the vehicle speed.
    • The warning light will illuminate when driving approximately 6 mph (10 km/h) or less.
    • When driving approximately between 6 mph (10 km/h) and 12.5 mph (20 km/h), if the seatbelts are not fastened for 50 seconds, the seatbelt warning lights will blink and a warning chime will sound.

      The chime will make a peep sound for 15 seconds, and it then will become louder and continue for 35 seconds. The warning light will blink for 50 seconds, then it will illuminate steadily and the chime will stop.

    • When driving more than approximately 12.5 mph (20 km/h), if seatbelts are not fastened for 35 seconds, the warning lights of the unfastening seatbelts will blink and a chime will sound loudly. If the rear seatbelts are not fastened after 35 seconds, the blinking warning light will illuminate steadily and the chime will stop. The warning lights will continue to illuminate until their seatbelts are fastened.
  • The warning light will turn off and the warning chime will stop when the seatbelt is fastened.
  • The seatbelt warning light can be cancelled. However, when the ignition switch is turned to the “ON” position after it is turned to the “OFF” position, the warning device settings will be restored. For details about the warning cancellation, contact a SUBARU dealer.

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