Hickman, et al. v. Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru CVT Settlement
Case No. 1:21-CV-02100-NLH-AMD

Welcome to the Subaru CVT Settlement Website

If you bought or leased a model year 2019–2020 Ascent, you might be eligible for benefits from a class action settlement.

UPDATE: The Court approved the Settlement on April 18, 2024. Claims are still being processed, and the Settlement Administrator will reach out to you if any additional information is needed.

  • A proposed Settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit called Hickman, et al. v Subaru of America, Inc., No. 1:21-CV-02100-NLH-AMD.

  • The Settlement provides extended warranty and extended parts warranty service for Qualifying Extended Warranty Failures experienced on or after the Notice Date.

  • The Settlement also provides, where applicable, a cash reimbursement for Qualifying CVT Repairs prior to the Notice Date and a Voucher in the amount of either $400 or $750 depending on the number of visits made for a Qualifying Voucher Failure prior to the Notice Date.

  • Please review this website and the Notice materials available on the Important Documents page carefully and in their entirety. Your legal rights are affected whether you act or do not act.


What is this lawsuit about?

A class action lawsuit was filed against Subaru of America, Inc. (“SOA”) and Subaru Corporation (“SBR”), collectively the “Defendants” or “Subaru.” The lawsuit alleges that some of Subaru's vehicles have a design defect in their continuously variable transmissions. It also claims that Subaru violated consumer laws and breached warranties. The lawsuit aims to represent all current and former buyers and lessees of these vehicles.

Subaru, however, denies these claims. They maintain that their vehicles are not defective and have functioned properly. They further claim that they haven't violated any warranties, laws or statutes and have provided warranty coverage when necessary.

Who is included in the Class?

You are eligible as a Settlement Class Member if you are a natural person and a resident of the continental United States, including Hawaii or Alaska, who currently owns or leases, or previously owned or leased, a Settlement Class Vehicle originally purchased or leased in the continental United States, including Alaska or Hawaii. Settlement Class Vehicles encompass 2019-2020 Subaru Ascent models. This eligibility applies to you if the vehicle was purchased for reasons other than resale. Please note the definition of a Settlement Class Member also includes military personnel stationed overseas.

Certain entities are explicitly excluded from the Settlement Class. Details regarding the excluded entities are available at FAQ 4.

If you take no action, you will still be entitled to a Settlement Extended Warranty or Settlement Extended Parts Warranty, but you will forfeit your right to seek a reimbursement payment.




This deadline has passed.

To receive a reimbursement, you must submit a claim. Claims can be made online or mailed and must be submitted or postmarked by April 15, 2024. This is the only way to receive a cash reimbursement.


You do not need to do anything right now to ensure coverage under the Settlement Extended Warranty or Settlement Extended Parts Warranty.


This deadline has passed. 

By excluding yourself, you forfeit the right to a reimbursement, Settlement Extended Warranty, Settlement Extended Parts Warranty coverage, and any Voucher. However, this is the only way you can be part of another lawsuit against Subaru regarding the legal claims in this case. The deadline to exclude yourself is February 29, 2024.


This deadline has passed.

Write to the Court about why you don’t like the Settlement. The deadline to object is February 29, 2024.


Ask to speak in Court about the fairness of the Settlement. Your notice of intention to appear must be postmarked by February 29, 2024.


If you take no action, you will still be entitled to a Settlement Extended Warranty or Settlement Extended Parts Warranty, but you will forfeit your right to seek a reimbursement payment.

For More Information

Visit this website often to get the most up-to-date information.

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