Class Action Lawsuit Filed Over Allegedly Faulty GMC Yukon Taillights48
A class-action lawsuit has been filed against General Motors by a plaintiff who says the taillights on their K2XX-platform GMC Yukon are faulty.
This lawsuit, which was first reported on by Car Complaints, was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida by a plaintiff named Rhonda Small. The plaintiff claims the factory taillights in their K2XX-platform GMC Yukon have faulty LED light strips that may cause the brake and/or taillights to fail. These lights may also have a faulty connection inside the light assembly or a defective circuit board, which can lead to similar issues with the brake and taillights.
GM issued a Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) in November of 2019 for certain 2015-2016 model year GMC Yukon SUVs to address a problem with these vehicles’ taillights. The TSB, entitled “Tail Lamps Inoperative,” indicated the stop and tail functions inside the taillamps may experience various issues and instructed dealers “to replace tail lamps if they are found to be inoperative.” The class action lawsuit says later model year GMC Yukon vehicles should have been included in this TSB, which only involved 2015 and 2016 model year vehicles.
As noted by Car Complaints, the plaintiff says the problems with the taillights can be traced back to the “defective design of the alloy base circuit used to maintain continuity,” in the taillights of affected vehicles.
“The alloy’s inability to expand and contract due to the current design causes the Tail Lamp Assembly Defect, whereby the alloy breaks, interrupts the current from maintaining continuity, and results in failure when the circuit trace inside the housing cracks,” the lawsuit says. “The tail lamp assembly should have had expansion and contraction points to prevent premature failure.”
This lawsuit also says the taillights can experience similar issues if enough moisture is allowed to enter the light assembly. If this condition occurs, owners may also observe moisture or a clear white film forming on the inside of the taillight lense(s).
The plaintiff claims GM has actively tried to hide these defects and has left GMC Yukon owners on the hook for costly repairs. The filing also alleges this problem is so widespread that it has led to a backorder of replacement parts across the country.
We’ll provide an update on this class-action proceeding as it moves through the courts.
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I’m seriously interested in the lawsuit!!
Mine passenger just went out a couple of weeks ago and I replaced it with an new oem one. My driver went out during my bumper to bumper warranty which they replaced it. Since I passed the mark for the warranty to cover the passenger, I just replaced it on my own after reading all the stories about the brake lights just dying randomly and GM not helping past the warranty period.
Yet ANOTHER faulty component of the GMC Yukon!! It’s surpassed Dodge in the arena of garbage parts and add-ons!
To proclaim, yet again, that I’m “so angry” with this vehicle line, is beyond redundant…HOW can a taxpayer bailed-out automaker get away with perpetuating this crap on the unknowing public that in essence, helped to save the company?!?
**waiting on the class action for faulty fuel injectors!!!
2015 Yukon XL owner. Had to replace the entire tail light assembly at my own expense because the allowed mileage to cover “the known issue” had expired at 72k and the light went on our Yukon out at 73k.
On top of paying $200-$300 to replace, I had to leave an extra down payment of $50 that would be returned to me once I brought back the old one (we chose to replace it ourselves and save on the labor cost).
So GMC can turn around and resale the used assembly kit making more off the consumer.
Yes they kept mine . I’m sure they can refurbished them, and resell. 🤔
It is funny that this problem arises as a result of expansion and contraction. I recall in 2006/2007 while shopping for a new Yukon XL every brand new DTS sitting on the dealer lot in the Texas sun has stress fractured CHMSLs. Seems Milford and Warren are not good at the thermal testing like they used to be!
Blah blah blah
They all have issues due to corporate greed
Will never stray away from my gmc vehicles
2016 Yukon. Driver side taillight out. I have an extended warranty. Was told it doesn’t cover headlights and taillights! So much for that! Worthless!
The part numbers often change. So yeah…a 2017 is not ‘exactly’ the same lamp because the part # is different.
That said…we work on the 2017 Yukon tail lamps all the time. Same exact failure mode.
The lamps can be professionally repaired. A little bit more too it than the Youtube videos.
Can’t post a link here. But you likely can find us on Google if you search ‘yukon tail light repair franklin tn’
I’ve bought 1 GM vehicle (2015 Yukon Denali) and it will be the last I ever by. This vehicle has been the biggest piece of garbage I (or anyone I know) have ever owned. The only saving grace was that I purchased a 3rd party extended warranty because I’ve already had to replace roughly 8-10K worth of stuff on this vehicle in the first 60-80K miles. Just look at the NTSB complaint and review boards and you will see that the 2015-16 Yukon and Sierra pickup trucks have more complaints then any other vehicle. I even went as far to contact Mary Barra’s office (GM Ceo) which they actually did call me back, but they offered pretty much no help except for an extra 2K on trade-in for a new one. What a joke, this company and it’s products are total garbage. Had roughly 8 other vehicles, all FORDS, and not a single issue with any of them.
A tail light went out on my Yukon Denali, I took it to a different dealer than where I bought it and they ordered the part and changed it within the week. No charge. A lot of problems are not as bad when handled by a good GM dealership. I also have a Ford pickup and have been very unhappy with the Ford dealership the numerous times I’ve taken it in for service.
Does this only cover US vehicl3a or does this also encompass Canadian Yukons ?
Last year I got 1 tail light now last week I need another smh!! Now there on back order 2017 yukon 54,000 miles