Subaru Ascent CVT class action settlement

Subaru Ascent CVT class action settlement

A blue 2019 Subaru Ascent, representing the Subaru CVT settlement.
(Photo Credit: Zoran Karapancev/Shutterstock)

Subaru agreed to a class action lawsuit settlement to resolve claims that its Ascent vehicles were equipped with a defective continuously variable transmission (CVT).

The settlement benefits current and former owners and lessees of 2019-2020 Subaru Ascent vehicles.

According to the class action lawsuit, Subaru equipped its Ascent vehicles with defective CVTs that could cause jerking, lurking, loss of power and other problems. Plaintiffs claim Subaru continued to force customers to foot the bill to repair these issues despite knowing that a defective CVT was the source of repeated repairs.

Subaru is a Japanese vehicle brand that sells SUVs such as the Ascent.

Subaru hasn’t admitted any wrongdoing but agreed to pay an undisclosed sum as part of a settlement to resolve the CVT defect class action lawsuit.

Under the terms of the Subaru settlement, all class members can benefit from an extended warranty for qualifying repairs up to a complete CVT replacement. This extends the existing powertrain limited warranty to include the transmission shaft and other failures or components that a faulty MPT clutch could damage. The extended warranty covers repairs for eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. The settlement also provides an extended parts warranty to cover any MPT clutch replacement for two years with no mileage limit. 

Class members who had at least two previous instances of attempting to repair a qualifying CVT transmission can receive a voucher. Class members can receive a voucher worth $400 for two visits or a voucher worth $750 for three or more visits.

Class members who paid for previous out-of-pocket repair costs may be able to receive cash reimbursement for these repairs. To receive reimbursement, repair costs must not have been previously reimbursed and must be documented.

The deadline for exclusion and objection is Feb. 29, 2024.

The final approval hearing for the Subaru CVT settlement is scheduled for April 16, 2024.

To receive settlement benefits, class members must submit a valid claim form by April 15, 2024.

Potential Award

$750 voucher

Proof of Purchase

Proof of multiple qualifying CVT failure visits.

Class members claiming repair costs must submit an invoice or ther relevant document for each diagnosis, testing or repair. The documentation must indicate the VIN; vehicle make and model; date of diagnosis, testing and/or repair; vehicle mileage at the time of the repair; a detailed account of the work performed, including a breakdown of parts and labor, if available; proof of the total amount paid for parts and labor; the facility that performed the repair, replacement, test or diagnosis.

Claim Form

NOTE: If you do not qualify for this settlement do NOT file a claim.

Remember: you are submitting your claim under penalty of perjury. You are also harming other eligible Class Members by submitting a fraudulent claim. If you’re unsure if you qualify, please read the FAQ section of the Settlement Administrator’s website to ensure you meet all standards (Top Class Actions is not a Settlement Administrator). If you don’t qualify for this settlement, check out our database of other open class action settlements you may be eligible for.

Claim Form Deadline


Case Name

Hickman, et al. v. Subaru of America, et al., Case No. 1:21-cv-02100-NLH-AMD, in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

Final Hearing


Settlement Website
Claims Administrator

Subaru CVT Settlement
c/o JND Legal Administration
PO Box 91465
Seattle, WA 98111

Class Counsel

Abigail Gertner
Amey J Park
Natalie Lesser
Russell D Paul

Defense Counsel


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