2018 Subaru Outback, 2015-2016 Subaru Outback and Legacy windshield lawsuit
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Subaru Loses Lawsuit Over Faulty Outback Windshields

Subaru of America loses the lawsuit over faulty windshields. See which Outback models are affected.

Subaru of America was hit with a lawsuit last year claiming 2015-2016 Subaru Outback and Legacy model’s windshield were spontaneously breaking. Law360 reports this week a federal judge in California said the drivers have standing and adequately pled that Subaru knew of the defects.

U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers said Lucia Luong, a California woman, who claims her 2015 Subaru Outback developed a crack that had “spontaneously appeared” at the base of the windshield, had sufficiently alleged claims on behalf of a proposed class of California drivers under a mix of state and federal consumer protection, unfair competition and warranty laws.

After taking her Outback wagon to the dealer, she was denied warranty coverage. The California woman filed a lawsuit in June 2017 alleging Subaru knew as early as 2014 that Outback and Legacy windshields were designed and/or manufactured with a defect and the company knew this in 2014. The California Judge says Subaru knew of the defects and the plaintiffs will receive compensation.

Luong isn’t the only Outback owner that has had windshield issues with the Subaru Outback. Her attorneys cited there have been “hundreds of thousands” of complaints to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) by other Outback owners reporting they also have had their windshields spontaneously crack.

The class action lawsuit claimed the windshields of 2015-2016 Subaru Outback and Legacy models “contain one or more design and/or manufacturing defects that cause the windshield to crack, chip and/or fracture.” Luong's lawsuit against Subaru of America was filed in the state of California, District of California- San Francisco, where the plaintiff lives and was decided by a trial by jury.

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I own a 2018 Subaru Outback Touring. My windowshield cracked and was replaced at my dealership on April 6, 2018 at a cost to me of $1,128.81. On June 18, for no obvious reason, my windshield cracked again. My dealership searched the windshield top to bottom. They pointed to a spot the size of the tip of a pin as the cause ... they refused to replace nor even discount the cost of a new $1,100.00 windshield. Realizing this is likely to occur over and over, I am sick that I spent $50,000 for a car that, two new windshields later, has now added another $2,200 to my cost and a ton of frustration to my ownerdhip experience. Based on my experience with post-purchase service support..... run, don't walk, away from this model Subaru!!
Yesterday my son and I were sitting in the car(2018 Outback Touring) and we hadn’t even left the parking space yet and we both hear a loud popping noise and a large crack appeared and started spreading almost the entire length of the windshield. It was a spontaneous crack with no reason and no chips or areas of concern prior. I called my local dealership and they were so rude and told me it was my problem and that I should just submit it to my insurance to pay. Not happy!
Has anyone else noticed millions of pinpoint dots all over the windshield of their 2017 Outback, that esp show up when the sun shines on the windshield.
I have a 2018 Subaru Forester with a cracked front windshield. It too has a spontaneous crack that happened on June 9. It is August 18 and Subaru still does not have a replacement windshield. A second long crack has appeared while sitting in my driveway. Even though my car has a full body warranty, Subaru says I must pay over $1,000 to replace it.
Apparently Subaru has done nothing about this problem. I just purchased a brand new 2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited. Drove it home from the dealer and parked it in the garage. Came out 2 hours later and the windshield was cracked 23 miles on a brand new car and the windshield cracks for no apparent reason.Dealer will replace it under warrants, but now I'm affadi this may be a continuent problem.