Thanks for this! Just took home a new 2020 Forester on Friday. So painful! I too didn't notice this issue on the test drive. Thought of taking back to the dealership, but from what I read here that probably wouldn't get me very far. Disappointing that Suberu hasn't listened to their customers on this. This is my 3rd Forester and I'm beyond mad about it. I'll have my honey try this trick - I'm hopeful it will work, but am kinda pissed we have to fix the problem ourselves.Hi Spencer. I just bought a '20 Forester and my wife complained about the same pain. After much thought, I devised a solution! Because the seat belt is attached to the seat and moves along with it, all I needed to do was wedge something between the hard plastic of the seat base and the seatbelt support. I took a solid rubber doorstop, drilled a hole through it and inserted a zip tie. Then I moved the buckle as far as I could while wedging the doorstop down to the base. I closed the zip tie around the metal support and trimmed the excess and voila! Problem solved. I'm attaching photos. Hope this helps you.
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OK this is weird, I will admit.
I bought a 19 Forester and since my ride home from the dealer I have been dealing with an issue that I just figured was my own issue.
The part of the seat belt that is to my right (the female end) is angled in toward the driver. The case is the same on the passenger side (angled toward the passenger). The issue is that the piece that is angled in is super rigid and pushed and digs into the occupant. You can imagine what a pain this is (literally) for the driver.
My car is in for some other issues that are non-related and I asked the service adviser to take a look. He called me back later that day and told me that all 19 Foresters that he sat in, base, premium, and touring (I have a limited) have the same, overly rigid seat belt receiver.
I figured that the car was new, I could be categorized as "husky", and the belt would loosen up over time. At this point my only fix is to stick a piece of plastic (left over Lexan from my workplace) in between the belt receiver and the seat to pry it off my leg.
I spoke to the service adviser and he said there is nothing he can do. I called Subaru North America and made them aware of the issue but at this point there is nothing they can do either.
Anyone else having a similar experience or am I the only fatty?