Judge Approves Settlement for Subaru Class Action Case

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.

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4 Responses to Judge Approves Settlement for Subaru Class Action Case

  1. Kelly Strong says:

    I purchased a 2019 Subaru Outback early in 2019. Within 6 months, a small road chip cracked the windshield shortly after it hit. About a year later we decided to replace it. After putting in a new Subaru windshield, within 30 days, the new windshield was hit by a rock chip. It turned into a 3 foot crack within 3 minutes of impact. I called the dealership about the problem. They recommended that I call another windshield replacement company. I cannot afford to replace our windshield every one to six months. How do we get Subaru to stand behind their windshields? I have owned 4 Subarus since our first 1981 wagon and have loved all of them.. Will this one be our last?

    • James says:

      We just bought a 2019 Outback in May and caught a rock in the windshield on Christmas Eve. The chip expanded over the next 12 hours to a series of cracks, the longest of which was roughly 12 inches long. We reached out to the dealership closest to where we were staying and they said they’re not required or equipped to replace windshields (on 2019 models). Went to a major windshield glass replacement company, paid our $500 deductible, and will wait to see if the lawsuit expands to cover the brittle glass on 2019 vehicles, as well. This is our 2nd of 3 Outbacks and we’re not pleased with this answer from the dealership, to say the least.

  2. MMoon says:

    I also have a 2019 Subaru Outback, shortly after I bought the car, a rock hit the lower right corner of the passenger side, with an immediate 20 inch crack. I replaced that windshield. About a year later I noticed a large spiral crack and extended crack in the same area. I was not aware of any rock hitting the windshield. Not long after I replaced that windshield, I got a rock chip, approximately the size of a 50 cent piece, it was repaired, then another rock chip about the same size. Now another rock chip on the drivers side that cracked about 8 inches. These rock chips occurred from a car going in the opposite direction. Now my Eye Sight quit working due to the windshield. This is my first Subaru and will most likely be my last. I have had many other vehicles and never had windshield problems. I hope the class action will include 2019 Subaru’s.

  3. Kathy Hermes says:

    I am one of the many plaintiffs in this class action suit which was settled on June 15, 2021 in favor of the plaintiffs with damages awarded. I turned all my documents providing proof of my claim over a year ago. However, I still have not received any compensation despite numerous inquiries. WHEN WILL THE PLAINTIFFS GET PAID??

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