New Subaru Lawsuit Claims Forester And Outback SUVs Can Suddenly Accelerate
A new class-action lawsuit against Subaru claims certain Forester, Outback, and Legacy models suddenly accelerate without warning. The lawsuit claims Subaru hid the defect and has known about the problem in these models since 2011. The lawsuit was filed this week in New Jersey federal court against Subaru of America. The Subaru Forester and Outback are the brand’s top-selling models in North America.
Danny and Sandra Weston, Martin and Margaret Greenwald, Kathleen Sears, and Toni Buchetto Perretta filed the class-action suit and are being represented by Russel Paul, an attorney with Berger Montague PC in Philadelphia, PA. The lawsuit says 2012-2018 Subaru Forester, 2015-2019 Subaru Outback, and 2015-2019 Subaru Legacy model year vehicles can accelerate without warning often when the driver uses the brake pedal.
A number of complaints have been reported with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about speed control issues with some Outback and Forester models. There have also been numerous speed control complaints on carcomplaints and carproblemzoo websites about the Forester and Outback models.
The plaintiffs claim when they take their cars to the Subaru dealer, they are told they cannot find any issue with the vehicles and the car’s computer indicates everything is working and there is nothing they can do to fix it. The Subaru Forester, Outback, and Legacy models share the same 2.5-liter Boxer engine in the model years that allegedly have the same sudden acceleration issues.
Other recent lawsuits against Subaru of America claim certain Forester compact SUV and Outback wagon, the brand’s most popular models, along with some Crosstrek subcompact SUV windshields are spontaneously breaking for no apparent reason. The lawsuit now includes many 2020 models. The class-action was filed last year and is still in litigation.
What should Forester, Outback, and Legacy owners do?
If you own a 2012-2018 Subaru Forester, 2015-2019 Subaru Outback, or 2015-2019 Subaru Legacy and have experienced sudden and unintended acceleration, you can file a complaint with the NHTSA by going to their website, or call 1-888-327-4236. Or you can submit your contact information and an attorney from Berger Montague PC will be in touch to review your case further.
Have you experienced sudden and unintended acceleration with your Subaru Forester or Outback?
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