Subaru And Toyota Hit With New Lawsuit Claiming Recall Is Now Causing Engine Fires
You might remember late last year Subaru recalled over 400,000 vehicles globally over a faulty valve spring in the FB 2.0-liter Boxer engine. The recall included the 2013 Crosstrek small SUV (XV in global markets), 2013 BRZ, and 2012-2014 Subaru Impreza compact car. Toyota recalled around 25,000, 2013 Scion FR-S models for engine stalling issues.
Torque News reported in March that some Subaru BRZ and FR-S 2.0-liter engines were dying after the recall fix had been done at some Toyota dealers. The report said technicians were applying too much sealant and it was causing some BRZ and FR-S engines to fail. Now Top Class Actions reports some recall repairs are causing engine fires and a class-action lawsuit has been filed by attorneys Carlson Lynch against Subaru and Toyota.
2013 Subaru Crosstrek
The Crosstrek, Impreza, BRZ, and FR-S are all powered by the FB20 2.0-liter naturally aspirated Subaru Boxer engine. The recall is for faulty engine valve springs that may fracture causing an engine malfunction or a possible engine stall. The new report says repairs made to some vehicles as part of this engine recall are making the issue worse, and some engines are “catching on fire.”
There is now a class-action lawsuit from a 2013 Scion FR-S owner who claims he took his sports coupe to a Toyota dealer for the recall and had the work done. One week later his engine developed a “hard-knocking” so he took his car back to the dealer and was told there were metal shavings in the oil but the dealer refused to fix it.
2013 Subaru BRZ / Toyota / Scion FR-S 2.0-liter Boxer engine
Because the dealer was “fighting it tooth and nail” the Scion FR-S owner who is the lead plaintiff in the case filed a class-action lawsuit against Toyota and Subaru. Attorneys Carlson Lynch is saying if you leased or purchased a 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek, 2012-2014 Subaru Impreza, 2013 Subaru BRZ, or a 2013 Scion FR-S, and have experienced engine failure after having the valve spring recall maintenance done, you may be entitled to monetary compensation.
Keep in mind this does not appear to be a widespread problem with all Subaru and Toyota dealers performing this engine recall. But if you or someone you know has experienced problems after having work done on your 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek, 2012-2014 Subaru Impreza, 2013 Subaru BRZ, or a 2013 Scion FR-S, you can submit your contact information here and an attorney from Carlson Lynch will be in touch to review your case further.
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