The oil consumption issue "can cause engine failure while the Class Vehicles are in operation at any time and under any driving condition or speed," the lawsuit says. "This exposes the driver and occupants of the Class Vehicles, as well as others who share the road with them, to an increased risk of accident, injury, or death."
The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Camden. It seeks unspecified damages and an order that Subaru initiate a recall to fix the problem.
The lawsuit says Subaru of America, which has headquarters in Cherry Hill, has "long known about" the defect but has refused to address it or repair affected vehicles without charge. Also named as a defendant is Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., identified in the lawsuit as a Japanese corporation located at Subaru headquarters in Tokyo.
Subaru said Friday it is aware of the lawsuit and believes the oil consumption of its vehicles to be within acceptable levels. It said it's continually working to reduce the amount of consumable goods its vehicles use.
The two plaintiffs, Keith Yaeger, of Escondido, Calif., and Michael Shuler, of Lakeland, Fla., are seeking class action status for the lawsuit.