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Cadillac SRX Defective Low-Beam Headlights Class Action

Would your car be worth as much to you if you could not safely use it before dawn, after dusk, or in bad weather? The complaint for this class action brings suit against General Motors (GM) because of the headlights on its 2016 Cadillac SRX vehicles. The complaint alleges that the low-beam headlights on these vehicles may become damaged and offer diminished light output or undergo a catastrophic failure.

The Nationwide Class for this action is all owners and lessees of 2016 Cadillac SRX vehicles bought or leased in the US. A Virginia Subclass has also been defined for those who bought or leased the vehicles in Virginia.

What’s the problem with the headlights? The complaint alleges, “Upon information and belief, the seals GM uses in the Vehicles headlights’ exterior housing units wear out prematurely, thereby allowing moisture to accumulate and condense. The moisture damages the assemblies’ internal components, and causes the headlights to malfunction and/or fail because it corrodes the lamp assembly components and/or because it causes electrical shorts.”

The complaint makes a further allegation, also “upon information and belief.” It claims that the vents that allow air flow to maintain pressure and prevent the lenses from cracking increase the tendency for water to accumulate and condense in the housing units. These defects result in damage to assembly components, such as corroding igniters and burnt-out bulbs…”

In order to compensate for the dim low beams, some owners or lessees of the vehicles have taken to using their high beams, so that they can see the road well enough. This is also dangerous, because it blinds drivers coming toward them.

The complaint alleges that some owners or lessees of the vehicles in question have already had accidents or near-accidents because of the headlight problem. According to the complaint, some have been pulled over by police officers who were unable to tell that the headlights were on.

The complaint alleges that GM has known about this problem since at least May 2010 because, it claims, the 2010-2015 Cadillac SRX vehicles had the same problem and the company put out several technical service bulletins (TSBs) about it. Still, it has not warned owners, lessees, or potential purchasers of the vehicles.

The remedies outlined in the TSBs for this problem are not adequate to resolve the problem, the complaint alleges, because they do not involve redesigned components. Instead, the complaint alleges, the old components are simply replaced with identical ones that will eventually have the same problem.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Automobile

Most Recent Case Event

Cadillac SRX Defective Low-Beam Headlights Complaint

October 29, 2021

Would your car be worth as much to you if you could not safely use it before dawn, after dusk, or in bad weather? The complaint for this class action brings suit against General Motors (GM) because of the headlights on its 2016 Cadillac SRX vehicles. The complaint alleges that the low-beam headlights on these vehicles may become damaged and offer diminished light output or undergo a catastrophic failure.

Cadillac SRX Defective Low-Beam Headlights Complaint

Case Event History

Cadillac SRX Defective Low-Beam Headlights Complaint

October 29, 2021

Would your car be worth as much to you if you could not safely use it before dawn, after dusk, or in bad weather? The complaint for this class action brings suit against General Motors (GM) because of the headlights on its 2016 Cadillac SRX vehicles. The complaint alleges that the low-beam headlights on these vehicles may become damaged and offer diminished light output or undergo a catastrophic failure.

Cadillac SRX Defective Low-Beam Headlights Complaint
Tags: Defective Automobile, Headlights or Tail Lights