Subaru Facing a Defective Automotive Class Action Lawsuit

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Subaru of America Inc. and Subaru Corporation are facing a class action lawsuit. The automotive class action lawsuit accuses the defendants of not informing consumers that some of its vehicles come with defects. Thus, among these defects are the following: faulty rod side clearances, connecting rod bearings. This also includes problematic channels of engine lubrication, which is the consequence of the vehicle’s faulty rotating assembly.

The suit says the defendants violated a number of laws, including California’s Consumers Legal Remedies Act, violations of California’s Unfair Competition Law, violations of the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, and breach of written warranty under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act.

 Affected vehicles

Here is the list of the Subaru vehicles affected by the automotive class action lawsuit:  2013 and 2014 WRX and WRX STi vehicles.


The plaintiff who filed the lawsuit is Vincente Salcedo, who is a resident of California. He assures that automaker used defective rotating assembly. Furthermore, the plaintiff pointed out that this defect was present during the manufacturing process of the vehicles. Usually, the vehicle owners became aware of the problem when the limited warranty was already expired.

According to the complaint, the owners notice this problem, when the vehicle’s connecting rod bearing start to fail. Actually, this results in the debris circulation through the car’s engine. It happens via contaminated engine oil.

As a consequence, a quite dangerous and life-threatening situation is created when the vehicle is still in motion. The reason is the engine failure, which may occur because of this defect.

Details concerning automotive class action lawsuit

Additionally, the suit claims that the automaker knew about the defect, as it had to deal with a lot of complaints from dealers, as well as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (‘NHTSA’). Subaru also had access to this information through its internal records. One of these records is pre-sale durability testing.

However, the automaker failed to issue a recall in order to repair its defective vehicles. Subaru didn’t provide the affected vehicle owners with replacement vehicles either. In other words, Subaru didn’t take any step to offer customers refund to cover the expenses they had to make for repairing the defect, as the automotive class action lawsuit says.

It was in August 2015, when the plaintiff purchased his Subaru Impreza WRX of the model year 2013 from a private seller. He claims that after using the vehicle for two years, he had to deal with serious defects. In other words, the engine didn’t perform in a proper way. Salcedo noticed a strange noise coming from the engine when he was driving the car on the highway. Eventually, this led to engine failure.

The plaintiff mentioned that after this, he took the car to the Subaru dealership to find out what defect the vehicle has. It turned out that the repair costs are $5,700. So, Salcedo contacted the automaker and informed about this issue.

The solution offered by Subaru was paying $2,000 aimed at covering a part of the expenses. In fact, the sum of money that the plaintiff spent to repair the vehicle was $3,711.15, as the automotive class action lawsuit states.

The plaintiff noted that he would never make a decision of purchasing this vehicle if the automaker had disclosed the information about it.

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