Subaru Forester, WRX, Outback battery drain lawsuit
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Subaru Battery Drain Lawsuit - New Claims Now Include Forester, WRX And Legacy

Here is the latest Subaru battery drain lawsuit update. The lawsuit includes 2015-2020 Subaru Forester, 2015-2020 Subaru Legacy, and 2015-2020 Subaru WRX models.
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In the Subaru battery drain class-action lawsuit, Torque News recently reported a new ruling by the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey that largely denied Subaru's motion to dismiss the plaintiffs' consolidated class action complaint. The class-action lawsuit alleges 2015-2020 Subaru Outback and 2019-2020 Subaru Ascent SUVs have electrical problems causing the battery to drain.

The lawsuit also includes 2015-2020 Subaru Forester, 2015-2020 Subaru Legacy, and 2015-2020 Subaru WRX models. A recent ruling by New Jersey Court Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez says multiple claims against Subaru of America related to Subaru Forester and Legacy models are dismissed. The judge did not dismiss claims related to the 2015-2020 Subaru WRX models.

Subaru Forester, WRX, Outback battery drain lawsuit

Subaru argued those vehicles should not be included in the battery class action lawsuit because none of the plaintiffs owned or leased Foresters or Legacy vehicles. The judge agreed and ruled none of the plaintiffs could have been harmed by a Subaru model they never owned or leased.

Subaru battery drain lawsuit background

The plaintiffs allege that the 2015-2020 Subaru Outback, 2015-2020 Subaru Forester, 2015-2020 Subaru Legacy, 2015-2020 Subaru WRX, and 2019-2020 Subaru Ascent suffer from a common defect which causes the vehicles' batteries to drain quickly and which renders their cars inoperable.

Subaru Forester, WRX, Outback battery drain lawsuit

The Subaru class vehicles above contain the same electrical system called a Controller Area Network ("CAN"), through which the vehicles' "components like electronic units, microcontrollers, devices, sensors, and actuators communicate."

When the vehicle is in use, the CAN system in the car relies on an electrical current to be operated as intended. When the vehicle is not being driven, the CAN system should enter a sleep mode in which it stops drawing significant electrical current.

However, plaintiffs allege the CANs in the class vehicles do not enter sleep mode when the car turns off, resulting in a "parasitic battery drain." Causes of this parasitic battery drain include "software errors."

Plaintiffs claim that replacing batteries in their Subaru vehicles does not ensure that owners can operate their cars. The plaintiffs also allege that vehicle batteries are not designed to be continually drained down to low volumes of power. The defect, therefore, makes it necessary to replace the battery in their cars far more often than is typical with other, non-defective vehicles. Owners say they must replace their batteries frequently as a result.

What should 2015-2020 Subaru Outback, 2019-2020 Subaru Ascent, and 2015-2020 Subaru WRX owners do if you have experienced the same battery issues? You should first report a problem to the NHTSA. If you would like more information, you can contact lawyers Benjamin F. Johns and Alex M. Kashurba here.

Subaru Forester, WRX, Outback battery drain lawsuit

The 2015-2020 Subaru Outback, 2019-2020 Subaru Ascent, and 2015-2020 Subaru WRX models are still included in the Subaru battery drain lawsuit. Claims against Subaru of America related to Subaru Forester and Legacy models are dismissed.

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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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The impreza too! Chase meeds to divest from Enbridge and stop line 3#
My wife’s 2014 Imprezas battery has been replaced 3 times and only has 27000 miles. Subaru tells me we don’t drive it enough The batteries are complete toast
My 2015 Crosstrek’s battery went in 4 years w/ only about 50,000 miles on the car. Air conditioner went at the same time. Expensive repairs.
My 2015 forester’s battery and a/c went out under 50k, covered under warranty
TO WHOM THE BELL TOLLS !! THE 2016 FORESTER SHOULD NOT / WILL NOT BE EXCLUDED FROM THE BATTERY LAWSUIT , AS PER SOME BIASED / PREJUDICED COURT SOMEPLACE OUT EAST, WHERE THEY DO NOT KNOW SQUAT ABOUT MECHANICAL THINGS !! WHY WOULD THE 2016 FORESTER BE EXCLUDED??? THE PROBLEM IS THE SAME BATTERY DRAIN FOR OUR 2016 FORESTER BOUGHT BRAND NEW IN 2015!! WHAT A BUNCH OF LEGAL MORONS RUNNING AROUND THINKING THEY KNOW ALL. MAYBE THIS IS WHAT IS WRONG IN AMERICA......NO TO LITTLE COMMON SENSE LEFT AND WHAT IS LEFT IS TWISTED AND MANIPULATED BY THOSES WHO GET PAID OFF OR HAVE SOME ULTERIOR MOTIVE IN THE GAME !!!??? GO AFTER SUBARU FOR ALL MODELS. OUR CAR IS IN HEATED GARAGED AND BATTERY DRAINS DOWN IN 3 DAYS AND HAD TO PUT A CHARGER ON THE CHARGER !!! HOW ABOUT WHEN WE LEAVE IT AT THE AIRPORT AND IT IS DRAINED DEAD WHEN WE GET BACK AND WANT TO GET HOME??? DOES ANYONE THINK ANYMORE OR JUST GO AT THE SPEED OF LIGHT AND SELL A BUNCH OF LOW QUALITY JUNK!! WHEN YOU GO TO THE HOSPITAL DO YOU EXPECT TO COME OUT ALIVE ?????? SAME ISSUES.....QUALITY VERSUS QUANTITY...GOOD LUCK AND GO AFTER EM !!
The judge said he had to throw out 2 of the models because none of the plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit owned those 2 models. They can’t sue Subaru for problems with a vehicle they never owned or leased. The article had a link to get in touch with the lawyers if you want to pursue a complaint. It would certainly upset me if I was having those problems.
My 2016 Subaru Outback is now on the third new battery.
Wish I'd known about this class action suit. My 2015 Outback battery has been replaced twice, my car has been towed, I've had to be jumped more times than I care to remember and I've had to buy something that lets me jump the car myself (if I remember to keep it charged) When I took it in, dealership said the battery was draining because I kept the car keys too close to the door!!!!
2014 Impreza has suddenly had battery drain issues. Two battery purchases (high quality brands this year), yet do not stay charged longer than a week of non use. Now connected to a "continual charge" adapter.
I have replaced the battery 3 times in my 2017 Subaru forester. And the battery now is about 6 months old and I'm already noticing a drag when I try to start it
I bought a 2016 forester less than a year ago. I’ve replaced the batter twice already. How do I get my name in the lawsuit?
We have a 2020 accent and have to start the car every other day and let it run to keep the battery charged.We are retired and don't need to drive everyday
I have a 2017 Subaru Outback, I kept noticing different things going on then one day battery was totally dead. I did not know about the lawsuit.
I have a 2019 Subaru outback, I done had to jump it of cause of the battery, this makes no sense. Please help.
I have the same problem with my Crosstrek.
I bought three batteries for my 2018 Subaru Forester and was forced to run heaters in my garage year round and pay roadside services several times. Just last week, with early summer heat at 82 degrees, my car died again in a grocery parking lot. This in spite of buying very expensive upgraded batteries at the advice of car mechanics who made me aware of this Infamous Subaru mattter. This article mentions some lawyers who are involved in this lawsuit but their site notes they are NO LONGER taking any contact information. After being stranded due to so many dead battery events and left for hours living, as I do, in a remote mountain location, I finally traded in this 2018 Subaru Forester. I am a single elderly woman and, as a doctor often would have to head out at odd hours. You can imagine how frightening it could be if the car idlers low and could not start up before I could reach my destination. At times I had to trudge miles through dark and snow to achieve cell connection only to be told I could get a jump start only the next day. Subaru seemed indifferent to the hazards of freezing cold, blizzards, animals, or the risk of those with ill intent coming upon me. I incurred a high cost with monetary and emotional. I found the lower level Subaru workers to be ethical and caring; they would admit the problems and express concern. One even sent a check to cover one of my many 200 dollar jumpstarts. It was the executive Subaru management who completly stonewalled this matter. I just can’t find a way to join this lawsuit and thus am reaching out. Thanks for any updated contact info anyone could provide. When a 64 year old woman must sleep in a freezing car stuck in 3 feet of snow multiple times and be dismissed even whilst buying batteries over and again- told it is not a “Subaru matter” this is a malignant lack of concern. We need to treat each other as we wish for ourselves and our best beloveds. That is the standard I use as a physician. We are all in a community that should care. It is not acceptable, I am sure that a rich Subaru executive would accept his wife dying in the dark and cold for lack of honesty, diligence, or care. Why then was MY life so disposable that I should lay huddled for lack of truth and solution? I was doing my utmost for those who needed me and my grief was that sometimes I was trapped in a dead car instead of tending to another human who needed doctoring. The Subaru executives who dismissed my inquiries also harmed my patients who I could not reach for want of a reliable car. Again, I honor the local Subaru employees; I condemn, deeply the top of the organization- those who found are lives cheap; who found my patients lives cheap, who lacked the humanity to understand compassion requires honesty over money. They would never care to hear this message. It is wasted on people such as them. They value what they should not and they discard what makes us rich in ways they can never see or hold. Good luck and my deepest sympathies to all here who have suffered in any way. We are together in this. Treat someone well and know that, in doing so, you prove you have learned a lesson more valuable than money could ever teach. MBL MD
I'm retired too. I was stuck on a cold night thankfully my son came and helped me. I couldve called roadside asst. though.
Please help my 2016 outback, The battery totally dead, Since I brought at first year first month.
Bad & dead battery!!!!!
I own a 2019 Forester Limited and just had to get a new battery. The dealership said it was defective and would be replaced free of charge.
I recently went through an ordeal with my 2017 Subaru Forester..it left me stranded TWiCE..I take care of 2 small children and this was a scary situation..the car did not start after returning to my car ..I called the dealership which finally let me talk with the Service manager..at first he was not cooperating AT ALL..I had to get very forceful with him and threatened legal action..the car ended up at the dealership but the repair ended op costing me 890 dollars...I had previously spent 500 dollars on the ignition issue where I couldn't get the key out of the ignition..when I reported it I was told by a sales man at the dealership ," yes that's a Subaru Forester thing"..but nevertheless they charged me to replace the defective part. I reported it to the consumer protection dept but never got a call back. I have owned 3 Subarus Forrester's but I'm so disgusted with their lack of response to my needs that I'm looking at other Brands of cars for my new needed car..Very disappointed..Subaru Clear Lake in Houston Texas
Had the same issue with my 2018 Forrester. After 3rd battery and my persistence to fix the problem they installed a new radio which has taken care of the issue.
THE BATTERY ISSUE WOULDN'T DETER ME FROM BUYING ANOTHER CROSSTREK, THE SPORTIER LOOK TURNS ME OFF. ORANGE TRIM, I DONT WANT TO DRIVE A TONKA TOY.
I feel somewhat vindicated after coming across this article. I bought my 2015 Subaru Forester used 2 yrs ago, and was so happy with it, thought it would be safe and dependable for me. About 6 mos. later, that all changed when I had my 1st dead battery incident and had to call for a tow. Repairs ran around $750 and included a new battery. I’ve lost track of how many dead battery episodes I’ve had since then. The mechanic had me thinking I was doing something wrong. He even told me I wasn’t driving it enough! I’m 74, live alone and haven’t exactly been going on road trips this past year!! I bought a Halo Bolt, which has been a godsend. But I can’t help feeling like one unlucky grandma to have such an unacceptably unpredictable car!!!
Awww. Did your break line fail and cause a terrible accident? Where's my violin....
It's not like the break line failed. No vehicle is perfect. Life isn't perfect. Grow up. Subaru is still the best bang for your buck.
Obviously you don’t get into YOUR vehicle with fingers crossed that THIS time it will start. I don’t accept your definition of a dependable car being one that the brakes don’t fail and get you into a terrible accident. Battery drain may be violin worthy to you, but it’s much more than a mild inconvenience to me.
- Get the largest AGM battery that will fit your vehicle - Keep your receipt - Write a respectful letter to Subaru Customer Service (not the dealer) asking them if they will reimburse some of the costs associated with keeping your vehicle safe and keeping you from being stranded or stuck in an intersection (if you have auto stop-start) - You may be surprised
I have a 2018 legacy with 19,000 miles that left me stranded with a dead battery all of a sudden.Great warranty .7yrs 70,000 miles, dealer replaced after calling AAA.Am I going to keep replacing every year?My dealer said they did not hear about any battery issues.