By Nicole Halavi
In October 2020, a lawsuit against Subaru alleges that the automaker failed to issue a recall that included all Subaru vehicles with defective DENSO fuel pumps. These pumps are designed to last 100,000 miles, but the suit alleges that the pumps fail prematurely, creating a potentially dangerous driving condition.
In April 2020, Subaru recalled around 188,000 of these vehicles, while DENSO announced a recall of over 2 million fuel pumps:
- 2019 Subaru Impreza
- 2019 Subaru Outback
- 2019 Subaru Legacy
- 2019 Subaru Ascent
However, the October lawsuit alleges that the following vehicles should have been included in the April recall:
- 2015-2019 Subaru Impreza
- 2015-2019 Subaru Ascent
- 2015-2019 Subaru Legacy
- 2015-2019 Subaru Outback
- 2015-2019 Subaru Forester
- 2015-2019 Subaru Crosstrek
- 2015-2019 Subaru WRX
Interestingly, Subaru recalled vehicles equipped with DENSO pumps manufactured within a 4-month period, while DENSO’s own recall was for fuel pumps built over a 13-month period.
The plaintiffs also claim that the impellers in some low-pressure pumps may become deformed under some conditions which could result in an inoperable fuel pump. DENSO warns: “An inoperative fuel pump may result in the illumination of the check engine light and/or master warning indicators, rough engine running, engine no start and/or vehicle stall while driving at low speed and, in rare instances, a vehicle stall could occur while driving at higher speeds, increasing the risk of a crash.”
What Can I Do if My Subaru is Exhibiting Fuel Pump Issues?
If you are experiencing any of the above-mentioned issues, California’s lemon laws are here to protect you and prevent any further complications. The attorneys at CCA are very knowledgeable about the defective fuel pumps in Subaru vehicles discussed above and will work with you to fight back against the automaker.
Please do not hesitate to call CCA today for a free consultation: (833) LEMON-FIRM. We’ll get you the compensation you deserve – and at no cost to you!