Subaru sued over claims of dangerous auto defect

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 18, 2014 at 4:55 pm •  Published: July 18, 2014
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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Some Subaru vehicle models have a defect that could lead to engine failure while they're being driven, a federal lawsuit says.

The lawsuit alleges violations of the state's consumer fraud act, breach of express warranty and other violations. It says piston rings in the vehicles wear out quickly and some vehicles burn excessive amounts of oil.

The models affected by the defect are the 2011-14 Forester 2.5-liter, 2013 Legacy 2.5-liter, 2013 Outback 2.5-liter, 2012-13 Impreza 2-liter and 2013 XV Crosstek 2-liter, according to the lawsuit.

The oil consumption issue "can cause engine failure while the Class Vehicles are in operation at any time and under any driving condition or speed," the lawsuit says. "This exposes the driver and occupants of the Class Vehicles, as well as others who share the road with them, to an increased risk of accident, injury, or death."

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Camden. It seeks unspecified damages and an order that Subaru initiate a recall to fix the problem.

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