Subaru Vehicles with Certain Safety Features
Allegations: Advertised safety features fail during real-world driving conditions due to a defect
June 2020: A federal judge granted final approval of the settlement agreement.
October 2019: A federal judge preliminarily approved the settlement agreement. For more information, go to https://www.starlinkinfotainment.settlementclass.com/.
According to the settlement terms, Subaru improved the performance of and fixed issues in the Starlink system with several software updates.
December 2018: This case was transferred to federal court. (Case No. 18-cv-17334, D.N.J.)
November 2018: A class-action lawsuit was filed against Subaru of America alleging that it misleadingly promises that the Starlink infotainment system – a touchscreen multimedia and video interface that controls the audio and radio system, a back-up camera, cellphone connectivity, weather information, and navigation – in its 2018 vehicles is “extra safe,” “convenient,” and “safe and easy” to access and use when, according to plaintiffs, the system freezes, fails to respond, and malfunctions. (Udeen et al v. Subaru of America, Inc., Case No. CAM-L-004425-18, New Jersey State Court – Camden County)
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