On June 11, New Jersey Federal Judge Renee Marie Bumb gave final approval to a settlement in Khona, et al. versus Subaru of America Inc. The settlement gives a class of Subaru owners extended warranties and a reimbursement program to resolve claims over crack-prone windshields.
Under the terms of the settlement, Subaru will extend the warranty of covered vehicles to eight years with unlimited miles and will cover expenses for the replacement of one free windshield, including for car owners who have already replaced the original windshield due to cracking if the repair was done by an authorized retailer or third party. The settlement terms are limited to owners or lessees, or former owners or lessees, of certain 2015 and 2016 Outback and Legacy models.
According to an article published by legal news source Law360, Bumb said that the settlement was fair, reasonable and adequate. The U.S. District Judge also said the deal will offer “very generous relief,” Law360 reports, adding, “It puts them in a very good position.”
The case was originally filed in October 2019, then amended in November 2019, and was consolidated with three other lawsuits. The final suit was added in April 2020. Detailed information about the case can be found here.