This website provides information about a proposed settlement of a class action lawsuit claiming that certain 2012-2017 Subaru WRX and STi vehicles experienced premature connecting rod and main bearing failure. The Lawsuit claims that the Settlement Class Vehicles are defective, and that defendants violated certain consumer statutes and breached certain warranties. The Lawsuit seeks certification of a nationwide class of all present and former purchasers and lessees of Settlement Class Vehicles to pursue those claims.
Defendants deny these claims, and maintain that the Settlement Class Vehicles do not suffer from the alleged defect. Defendants maintain that the Settlement Class Vehicles function(ed) in a proper manner, were properly designed, manufactured, distributed, marketed, advertised, warranted and sold, and that Defendants did not violate any laws or breach any warrantiea.
The Court has preliminarily approved a proposed settlement of the lawsuit pursuant to which benefits will be made available to past and present owners or lessees of Settlement Class Vehicles purchased in the continental United States. The Court has not resolved the merits of any of the claims or defenses in the lawsuit. The parties have proposed the settlement because they believe it is fair, reasonable, adequate, and in each party’s best interest, and that it is the most efficient and cost-effective way to resolve their dispute. If the Court grants final approval of the proposed settlement, Subaru has agreed to provide settlement benefits which are further described in the written notice sent to all class members, and which can also be in the Frequently Asked Questions section of this website.
The Court will hold a Fairness Hearing at 11 a.m. on June 5, 2019 in Courtroom 5D at the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Camden Division. At this hearing, the Court will consider whether the Settlement is fair, reasonable and adequate. If there are objections, the Court will consider them. The Court may listen to people who have asked to speak at the hearing. The Court may also decide how much to pay Class Counsel and whether to approve service awards to the named plaintiffs. After the hearing, the Court will decide whether to grant final approval of the Settlement. We do not know how long it will take for the Court to make its decision.