Subaru Oil Consumption Class Action

Settlement provides warranty extension and reimbursements

Gibbs Law Group attorneys and co-counsel litigated a class action lawsuit against Subaru that alleged that certain Subaru vehicles have defective engines, which burn a substantial portion of their oil. According to the lawsuit, this defect damaged engine parts and created a risk of stalling.

The Subaru oil consumption class action lawsuit was called Yaegar v. Subaru of America, Inc. et al., No. 1:14-cv-04490, and proceeded in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey before Chief Judge Jerome B. Simandle.


On August 31, 2016, Chief Judge Simandle granted final approval of a settlement providing warranty extensions and reimbursements for a class defined as follows:

All residents of the continental United States who currently own or lease, or previously owned or leased, a Settlement Class Vehicle originally purchased or leased in the continental United States, including Alaska.

Covered Vehicles

The “Settlement Class Vehicles” are:

Automatic / CVT Transmission:

  • 2011-14 Forester (below VIN *529004)
  • 2012-13 Impreza 4-Door (below VIN *033336)
  • 2012-13 Impreza 5-Door Wagon
    (below VIN *886714)
  • 2013 Crosstrek (below VIN *856139)
  • 2013 Legacy (below VIN *048086)
  • 2013 Outback (below VIN *321435)
Manual Transmission:

  • 2011-15 Forester (below VIN *543650 )
  • 2012-15 Impreza (below VIN *270253)
  • 2013-15 Crosstrek (below VIN *270284)
  • 2013-14 Legacy (all)
  • 2013-14 Outback (all)

Settlement Benefits

Comprehensive details about the settlement are available in the settlement agreement. Among other benefits, the settlement provided:

  • Warranty Extension
    Repairs by an authorized Subaru retailer needed to correct excessive oil consumption now fall within warranty for 8 years and 100,000 miles (whichever comes first).
  • Cash Reimbursements
    Payments were made to those who paid for (1) costs associated with an oil consumption test, and (2) oil consumption repairs set out in Subaru’s service bulletins.
  • Reimbursement for Engine Oil
    Payments were made for those who presented their vehicle to an authorized Subaru retailer and complained of excessive oil consumption – limit of six quarts.
  • Reimbursement for Rental Vehicles and Towing
    In certain circumstances, rental and towing costs were reimbursed.


This lawsuit focused on an alleged oil consumption defect in Subaru FB engines. Not all Subaru vehicles have FB engines installed in them.

The deadline for submitting claims has passed.

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