Class Action Alleges Defective Windshields on 2020-2022 Land Rover Defenders

Two plaintiffs are bringing a class action lawsuit against Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC, based on allegations of defective windshields on 2020-2022 Defender vehicles.

The lawsuit argues that Land Rover will not cover the repair or replacement of those windshields under warranty, and that replaced windshields are also defective.

According to court documents filed at the end of June 2022, it is alleged that Land Rover “knew” that Defenders “contained one or more defects in the way the vehicles are manufactured and/or made that can cause the windshield to crack, chip and/or fracture.” According to the complaint, Land Rover would have known of the alleged defect through pre-production testing, pre-production design failure mode and analysis data, production design failure mode and analysis data, early consumer complaints and more.

The plaintiffs propose the alleged issue results from the usage of deficient materials in the construction of the windshield or a deficiency in the structure of the vehicle itself. The lawsuit argues that Land Rover will not cover the repair or replacement of those windshields under warranty, and that replaced windshields are also defective. According to the complaint, a replacement windshield can cost more than $2,000.

“Class Vehicle owners report that their windshields failed for no reason at all,” the document reads. “Others have reported windshield failure as a result of circumstances that would not cause a non-defective windshield to fail, such as a very slight impact.”

One of the plaintiffs argues in the complaint that his windshield cracked solely from going through a carwash.

A failing windshield, plaintiffs argue, results in numerous additional safety hazards for motorists as well as pedestrians. The complaint notes that plaintiffs are seeking damages and restitution from Land Rover, as well as notification to vehicle owners regarding the alleged defect.

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