New Subaru Lawsuit Claims Engine Defect in 2013-14 WRX/STI
There’s a new lawsuit filed against Subaru claiming an engine defec
t damages 2013-2014 WRX and WRX STI performance models.
Last year Subaru was hit with an oil consumption lawsuit, now there?
?s a second class-action lawsuit against Subaru of America claiming there
’s an engine defect in 2013-2014 WRX and WRX STI models. Both 2013-
2014 WRX and WRX STI models are powered by a 2.5-liter boxer turbo engine t
hat the suit contends have a defect which allows contaminated oil to carry
“damaging metal debris through the engines.”
According to a report by The Courier Post, the class-action lawsuit was fil
ed last week by McCune Wright Arevalo LLP after an “extensive inves
tigation by our firm during the past year," said attorney Matthew Schelkopf
at the law firm's East Coast offices in Berwyn, Pennsylvania.
The California-based law firm, filed the class-action lawsuit in the name o
f Vincent Salcedo, who says his 2013 Subaru WRX developed a "knocking sound
”, then broke down on a California highway in July, 2017. The lawsu
it claims the 2.5-liter engine was damaged due to a "an insufficient supply
" of oil to coat connecting rod bearings caused by metal shavings in the oi
l. The lawsuit contends this caused connecting rods to fracture, releasing
"large amounts of metal debris" that caused the engine failure.
Salcedo, who lives in California, paid $5,700 bill to repair the damaged en
gine, and the lawsuit says Subaru offered to pay $2,000 of that amount as a
“goodwill gesture.” The new lawsuit, contends Subaru faile
d to disclose the WRX and WRX STI engine problem to consumers, and says num
erous people have experienced engine damage and "catastrophic" failure whil
e driving affected vehicles, "placing themselves and those around them in i
This is the second lawsuit brought against Subaru of America. Last year, th
e Cherry Hill automaker settled a suit alleging excessive oil consumption i
n their Forester, Impreza, Crosstrek, Legacy and Outback models made from 2
011 through 2015.
The newest class action lawsuit wants Subaru of America to notify consumers
of the alleged defect and to reimburse owners for repairs and other expens
es. With thousands of 2013-2014 WRX and WRX STI sedan and hatch models on t
he road, the suit says there’s the potential to cost Subaru more th
an $5 million. Michael McHale, Director of Corporate Communication for Suba
ru, said Friday they are “investigating the claims.” Stay t