The Subaru defective fuel pump lawsuit first included the 2017-2019 Subaru Outback, Ascent, Impreza, and Legacy models. According to a new report from Car Complaints, the class-action lawsuit added the 2015-2019 Subaru Forester, 2015-2019 Subaru Crosstrek, and 2015-2019 Subaru WRX.
Subaru and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recalled the 2019 Subaru Outback, Ascent, Impreza, and Legacy, but the lawsuit claims the Forester compact SUV, Crosstrek subcompact SUV, and the sport-tuned WRX are also affected. The report does not say if the class-action includes the Subaru WRX STI.
The latest Subaru fuel pump lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii one year ago. The plaintiff, Roman Anderson, is represented by Imanaka Asato, LLC, Blood Hurst & O'Reardon, LLP, the Davenport Law Firm LLC, and The Fraser Law Firm, P.C.
Anderson claims his 2017 Subaru Outback has shown signs of a defective fuel pump. His Outback failed to start, and once, in November 2019, it stalled while stopped at a stop sign. Because the cost to replace the fuel pump is around $1,000, and his car is not under the recall, Anderson has not had the fuel pump replaced.
The supplier, Denso International America, located in Michigan, supplied Subaru with the defective "low pressure" fuel pump before July 2019 and began using a new fuel pump with a filter and higher density impeller after that date. The class-action lawsuit asks Subaru of America to cover the costs of repairing fuel pumps in the earlier model (2013-2018) Outback, Ascent, Impreza, and Legacy models.
There are three symptoms to look for if your Subaru has a defective Denso fuel pump. The first thing you will notice is the engine is idling rough and not running smoothly. The car's check engine light might also come on. Then the vehicle might stall and quit running altogether. If the engine does stall, it may not restart again. The symptoms are due to a lack of fuel getting to the engine's fuel-injection system.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says fuel pumps in some Subaru models could fail, causing the engine to stall and not restart. The most significant risk for drivers is having the engine stall while driving, increasing the crash risk. Subaru says it is unaware of any crashes or injuries related to this issue.
The Courier Post, in an interview with Dominick Infante Subaru of America Director, Corporate Communications, says, "We are aware of the lawsuit, and we are currently investigating the allegations."
Infante says if owners of a Subaru vehicle has issues with the fuel pump, "We recommend that it be taken to an authorized Subaru retailer for inspection." Dominick Infante added in a statement, "We stand behind the quality and safety of Subaru vehicles.
What should owners do?
Suppose you have experienced engine problems such as reduced engine power, stalling, and engine shutdown due to a faulty fuel pump. In that case, you can contact attorneys Imanaka Asato to discuss potential legal claims.
If you own or have leased a 2015-2019 Subaru Forester, 2015-2019 Subaru Crosstrek, or 2015-2019 Subaru WRX with a Denso low-pressure fuel pump, you may qualify to join this investigation.
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