Jason Truesdell filed a complaint against General Motors LLC (GM) alleging there is a defect in certain 2010-2015 Cadillac SRX vehicle headlights.
Truesdell, according to court documents, brought the class action to the court both for individual reasons and to represent similarly situated individuals, of which his complaint referred to as class members, who purchased or leased a 2010-2015 Cadillac SRX, designed, manufactured, marketed, distributed, sold, warranted, and serviced by GM.
“This case arises out of a defect in the class vehicles’ headlights that causes the headlights to unexpectedly and prematurely wear-out and fail. As a result of the defect the headlights emit little to no light, such that the class vehicles cannot safely be driven at night or in other conditions that require the use of the headlights,” a portion of the complaint reads.
Truesdell also claimed GM was aware that the seals that it used in the affected vehicles headlights’ exterior housing units wear out or deteriorate. The complaint outlines the issues surrounding improper sealing materials, as it “allows moisture to accumulate and condense from the air that flows through the vehicle’s vents.”
“The housing units’ vents are also defective in that they further compromise the flow and exchange of air through the improperly sealed headlights. The pooling condensation causes the headlights to malfunction and/or the bulbs to fail, by corroding lamp assembly components like the igniter and/or causing electrical shorts, among other problems,” a portion of the compliant reads.
Truesdell sites a visibility issue along with safety hazards for both drivers and pedestrians due to the reduced light emitted from the headlights. He mentioned the reduced visibility “can contribute to dangerous traffic conditions, including serious accidents.” The complaint stated GM was aware of the alleged defect on its visibility issue, in addition to the possibility of the condensation creating electrical short circuits.
“GM has been aware of the headlight defect in the class vehicles since at least 2010, as shown by Technical Service Bulletins (TSB) that it issued and customer complaints regarding the headlight defect,” a portion of the complaint reads.
According to court documents, GM sent TSB to Cadillac dealers informing technicians what to do if customers complained about the headlights. Although GM created a customer service program for its SRX drivers, Truesdell claims the dealer repairs were useless because defective parts were replaced with the same defective parts.
“Affected owners or lessees incur out-of-pocket costs for these repairs because GM refuses to extend the warranty to cover them or issue a recall to prevent them. GM thus unfairly shifts the costs to the class members, and benefits from the revenue generated by repeat repairs. Consumers will be required to pay hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars to repair or replace the headlights and related components as a result of the defect,” a portion of the complaint reads.
GM did not respond to glassBYTEs about the lawsuit as of press time. Look to future reports for more updates on this case as they become available.