Subaru Agrees To Pay For Cracking Windshield Class Action Lawsuit
Automobile manufacturer Subaru of America has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit claiming that their vehicle’s windshield is prone to cracking.
A class action lawsuit was filed against Subaru, alleging that the company sold vehicles with windshields that can crack.
The particular models affected are the Subaru Outback and Subaru Legacy, released in 2015 and 2016.
Plaintiffs argue that the company sold the cars without informing customers about their potential defects.
According to the class action lawsuit, there was a design flaw in the windshield, causing it to be more susceptible to crack.
The issue allegedly occurred during the windshields manufacturing process.
Some components that make up the de-icer region did not correctly combine with the glass, making the de-icer region vulnerable to cracking.
Given this, when the de-icer region encounters minor damages like a small stone impact, the glass can start cracking, destroying the whole windshield.
Subaru has agreed to the proposed settlement to resolve the claims regarding their windshield issue.
According to the settlement terms, Subaru will extend the warranty of the covered vehicles.
The original windshield’s warranty will be increased to eight years. The extended warranty will also cover unlimited miles.
In addition, Subaru will also cover expenses for the replacement of one free windshield.
The settlement terms also cover car owners who have already replaced the original windshield due to cracking.
Class members would be reimbursed for the expenses incurred from replacing the windshield if the repair was done by an authorized retailer or third party.
Class members are required to submit a receipt or proof of the repair to be reimbursed. The submitted proof of purchase must include the following information:
- Car model
- When the repair happened
- Name and address of the shop that repaired the vehicle
- Proof of payment
According to the settlement terms, the following individuals are considered as eligible class members of the lawsuit:
- 2015-2016 Subaru Outback or 2015-2016 Subaru Legacy
- Current and former owners of the covered vehicle
- Current and former lessees of the covered vehicle
- The covered cars should have an All-Weather Package
- The covered vehicles should still have the original windshield
- If the original windshield has already been replaced, the class member is still eligible if the cost of replacement was shouldered by the individual and the cause of replacement was due to potential cracks on the windshield.
- The individual has not yet received reimbursement related to the windshield cracking issue.
- For owners of the 2016 vehicle models, the following additional conditions apply:
- The owner can use the vehicle identification number (VIN) to check if they are covered in the settlement. They would just need to use the last seven digits of the VIN.
- Only car modes that are lower than the following variants are covered:
- 2016 Legacy (G3011247) – with EyeSight
- 2016 Legacy (G3006359) – without EyeSight
- 2016 Outback (G3222455) – with EyeSight
- 2016 Outback (G3210476) – without EyeSight
The deadline for submitting claim forms is on April 23, 2021.
The final hearing is scheduled for June 11, 2021.
Editor’s Note on Subaru Windshield Lawsuit Settlement 2021:
This article is published to inform you of the latest settlement Subaru has agreed to pay to resolve windshield issue claims.
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