Subaru Hit with Class Action Lawsuit over Spontaneous Windshield Breakage

Lucia Luong has filed a class action lawsuit against Subaru of America Inc. in the Northern District of California, claiming the windshields of 2015 through 2016 Subaru Outback and Legacy vehicles “contain one or more design and/or manufacturing defects that cause the windshield to crack, chip and/or fracture.” 

Luong alleges the company knew as early as 2014 that their windshields were designed and/or manufactured with a defect, due to “pre-production testing, pre-production design failure mode and analysis data, production design failure mode and analysis data, early consumer complaints made exclusively to Subaru’s network of dealers and directly to Subaru, aggregate warranty data compiled from Subaru’s network of dealers, testing conducted by Subaru in response to consumer complaints, and repair order and parts data received by Subaru from Subaru’s network of dealers.”

Luong purchased a new Subaru Outback in February 2015. Around March 2017, she claims to have noticed a crack that had “spontaneously appeared” from the base of the windshield. The plaintiff alleges she had not witnessed any impact that would cause the windshield to do so, nor had she driven the vehicle the previous day. After taking her vehicle to the dealership for a replacement, she claims she was denied warranty coverage.

According to the lawsuit, replacement windshields suffered from the same defect, and dealers refused warranty coverage, despite the windshield damage showing no point of impact.

Luong’s attorneys cite numerous complaints to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) by Subaru owners regarding their windshields spontaneously cracking. According to the court document, hundreds of thousands Subaru owners have made complaints to NHTSA about the windshield defect.

This, the plaintiff says, presents a serious safety hazard that Subaru should disclosed to consumers of the affected vehicles.

Attorneys for Luong have requested class action status, stating they meet all requirements. The plaintiff also requests a trial by jury.

The lawsuit was filed in the Northern District of California- San Francisco Division because Luong is a California resident.

The glass manufacturer was not named in the lawsuit, and Subaru has yet to respond to the complaint as of press time.

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4 Responses to Subaru Hit with Class Action Lawsuit over Spontaneous Windshield Breakage

  1. Patricia Cheney says:

    U had the same thing happen to my windshield.

  2. Joselito Giron says:

    I have a 2018 Subaru forester xt touring, that I just bought September 2017, but is a 2018 model and my wife discovered a 12 inch crack on the driverside windshield as she was leaving the mall. She thought it was a piece of stick on the other side of the windshield, she stop and tried to remove it and discovered it was actually a crack on the windshield. She was worried to tell me and swore she didn’t remember hitting any debris on the way to the mall. This crack just appeared all of a sudden as she was leaving the parking lot. I remember it was raining alot that week and the windshield defroster was being used. I think that is the culprit. This defect is still not corrected even on the 2018’s.

  3. TJGardner says:

    I have a 2017 outback and my 2nd windshield has broken again. I came out from work and found the crack. It is frustrating that this one will be on my dime. Was told by the service manager that he didnt buy one with the eyesight because of this problem. Wish I would have been told before I purchased would have made another choice. Subaru doesnt stand behind their windshields.

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