15 new plaintiffs have been added to a class action lawsuit that was originally filed by Christine Powell against Subaru. The suit alleges Subaru of America Inc. (Subaru) was “manufacturing, marketing and selling new vehicles with defective and dangerous windshields that were spontaneously and/or unreasonably cracking, chipping and otherwise breaking.” The plaintiffs are seeking a trial by jury, according to court documents.
“Plaintiffs bring this consumer class action lawsuit because the defendants manufactured, marketed, distributed, and sold 2017-2020 Subaru Forester, 2017-2020 Subaru Outback, 2017-2020 Subaru Crosstrek, 2017-2020 Subaru Legacy and 2017-2020 Subaru Impreza vehicles (collectively known as class vehicles) without disclosing that the class vehicles’ windshields are defective and dangerous due to the fact that the windshields are spontaneously and/or unreasonably cracking, chipping and otherwise breaking,” a portion of the consolidated complaint reads.
According to a consolidated complaint, filed earlier this month by all of the suit’s plaintiffs, Subaru “failed to disclose material facts and a safety concern to purchasers and lessees of the class vehicles.” The consolidated complaint combines Powell’s original suit with two additional class action cases over the auto manufacturer’s windshields that were filed in California and New Jersey.
In its advertising, Subaru emphasizes the safety, quality and reliability of its vehicles knowing consumers rely upon such representations when purchasing or leasing vehicles, according to the consolidated complaint. Several class members allege the auto manufacturer knowingly sold vehicles that did not fit its safety standard.
“Selling vehicles with dangerously defective windshields and refusing to take responsibility for the defects is directly contrary to the safety conscious, trustworthy, and reliable image Subaru advertises,” a portion of the consolidated complaint reads. “Nevertheless, Subaru refuses to honor its commitment to its loyal customers, is jeopardizing the safety of the public, and is forcing its customers to bear the expense of Subaru’s mistakes and malfeasance.”
According to court documents, Subaru issued a technical bulletin to its dealers describing the alleged defect in its windshields. The National Highway Transportation Safety Authority also received complaints from Subaru owners who experienced issues with their windshields, according to the consolidated complaint.
“Defendants’ failure to disclose the defect at the time of purchase is material because no reasonable consumer expects to spend hundreds of dollars to repair or replace windshields that crack either spontaneously or due to a mild impact that should not result in cracking,” the complaint said.
Due to the allegations mentioned in the consolidated complaint, all plaintiffs are seeking a trial by jury. As of press time Subaru has yet to respond, look to a future edition of glassBYTEs for more information on this suit.