Please be Patient: Subaru Owners Can’t Submit Windshield Settlement Claims Just Yet

Subaru owners who want to submit claims for the spontaneously cracking windshield settlement will need to wait a bit longer.

Though plaintiffs Jeffrey Barr, Arnold Milstein, Allan Zaback and Brittany Funk agreed on a settlement with Subaru in April 2024, the Court has not approved it yet. The settlement will compensate the current or former owners or lessees of about 1.4 million Subaru vehicles, including 2019-2022 Subaru Ascents, 2019-2022 Subaru Foresters, 2020-2022 Subaru Legacies and 2020-2022 Subaru Outbacks.

According to the agreement, Subaru must begin notifying potentially qualified vehicle owners of the settlement 75 days after the Court issues the “Preliminary Approval Order.” No order has as yet been issued.

75 days after the court does issue the order, the “Settlement Administrator” will begin the “Settlement Class Notice” process. This includes a notice with information about the settlement posted to a designated settlement website and a notice sent as a postcard to “the current or last known addresses of all reasonably identifiable Settlement Class Members.”

The postcard will include a summary description of the lawsuit, who is in the settlement class and the settlement itself. It will also include the URL of the settlement website, the deadline for submitting “claims, objections or requests for exclusion,” contact information to learn more and the date the un-redacted settlement agreement drops.

The un-redacted settlement agreement describes what kinds of windshield cracks could qualify Subaru owners for the settlement. According to court documents, it is currently redacted to avoid fraud.

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