Class-Action Suit Alleges Subaru EyeSight Defective

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CAMDEN, N.J. – A class-action lawsuit has been filed in federal court alleging Subaru’s EyeSight advanced driver-assist system (ADAS) with Lane Keep Assist (LKA) installed in 2013-2021 vehicles suffers from multiple defects which could lead to accidents and other dangerous situations.

The 187-page suit, Laura And James Sampson, Anthony Ventura And Joanne Fulgieri Ventura, Elizabeth Wheatley, And Shirley Reinhard on her own behalf and on behalf of the estate of Kenneth Reinhard, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs, v. Subaru of America, Inc. and Subaru Corporation F/K/A Fuji Heavy Industries, Ltd. Defendants, seeks compensation to be determined through a jury trial; recall of said vehicles; replacement or repair of plaintiffs’ vehicles with suitable substitutes, and for the company to cease marketing Eye Sight.

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The class-action suit alleges the automatic emergency braking (AEB) and Lane Keep Assist systems, specifically can malfunction and potentially cause accidents. In addition, the suit alleges Subaru did not communicate effectively the pluses and minuses of these and other EyeSight features which could cause dangerous situations.

The class action lawsuit alleges the brakes activate when there are no objects in front or behind the vehicle. posted a piece on the lawsuit. Excerpted here are its coverage of alleged problems the defects might cause:

Other problems allegedly occur when automatic emergency braking fails to engage when it should, namely when objects are in front of the Subaru vehicle. The EyeSight lawsuit alleges this is caused by errors between the transmission, brakes and sensors.

The Subaru class action lawsuit says the plaintiffs know lane keep assist is defective due to poor software calibration from the power steering control module and other modules.

The errors allegedly “correct the vehicle’s steering when the driver is trying to change lanes, is driving on a road with construction barriers, or if the road has multiple lines due to construction.”

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According to the lawsuit, the LKA system will also shut down completely until the vehicle is restarted, preventing the vehicles from providing owners what was advertised. Even worse, the lawsuit alleges the lane keep system jerks the steering wheel and “even steers the vehicle into other vehicles.”

All the above alleged problems make the EyeSight systems useless and dangerous so that Subaru can allegedly increase profit by inflating prices of the vehicles.

Mike Geylin
Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Editor-in-Chief at Hagman Media. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.