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Thursday, 21 May 2020 22:08

Subaru Unintended Acceleration Problems Cause Lawsuit

Written by David A. Wood,


Alleged Subaru acceleration problems have caused a class action lawsuit that alleges 2012-2018 Subaru Forester, 2015-2019 Subaru Legacy and 2015-2019 Subaru Outback vehicles have defects that cause sudden unintended acceleration.

One plaintiff says she purchased a new 2015 Subaru Forester in November 2014, but in December 2019 the vehicle allegedly suffered from sudden unintended acceleration.


The Subaru owner says she was driving slowly in a parking lot with her foot on the brake pedal, and as she was about to shift into PARK the Forester accelerated and hit a vehicle in front of her.


The plaintiff says she was afraid to drive the Forester following the incident, so she traded the vehicle for a fraction of what she paid for it.


Two plaintiffs, husband and wife, say they purchased a new 2014 Subaru Forester Limited in 2015, but in March 2020 the husband pressed the brake pedal to slow down and the vehicle allegedly accelerated. The driver lost control as the Forester hit a guardrail and overturned.

The vehicle was totaled and both plaintiffs were injured.


Another plaintiff purchased a new 2018 Subaru Forester in 2017, but in November 2019 while driving slowly into a parking space, the vehicle accelerated and crashed into a fence. The plaintiff says her foot was on the brake pedal when the vehicle accelerated, causing her to pay about $800 to repair the Forester.


The lawsuit says Subaru has known about alleged acceleration problems since at least 2011 because customers complain about unintended acceleration occurring even when the brake pedals are pushed to the floors.


The Foresters, Legacys and Outbacks allegedly have inadequate fault detection systems that don't anticipate "foreseeable unwanted outcomes, including unintended acceleration."


The throttle position sensor, throttle body assembly, powertrain control module and circuit board allegedly malfunction, and the brake override system doesn't override unintended acceleration.

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