A lawsuit that was filed against GM over alleged issues with the taillights on certain 2017 to 2019 model year GMC Yukon full-size SUVs has been dismissed by a judge in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
According to Car Complaints, the judge elected to dismiss this case as the plaintiff, Rhonda Small, did not actually own a GMC Yukon affected by this problem. The 2017 GMC Yukon XL that she purchased in February of 2017 was actually registered to a corporation, with GM arguing the plaintiff could not have suffered personal financial injury from a faulty component on a vehicle that belonged to an outside company. We first reported this lawsuit was set to be tossed out last November, but it was only officially dismissed recently.
Vehicles named in the original lawsuit include the 2017-2019 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, as well as the range-topping Denali variants of both vehicles. The filing claimed Small’s GMC Yukon was shipped with faulty LED light strips that may cause the brake and/or taillights to fail and also indicated the lights may have a faulty connection inside the light assembly or a defective circuit board, which can lead to similar issues with the brake lights and taillights.
While this suit was dismissed, owners may indeed experience problems with the taillights on certain fourth-generation GMC Yukon and Yukon XL vehicles. A technical service bulletin issued by GM in November of 2019 indicated the taillights and brake lights on affected SUVs may experience various issues and instructed dealers “to replace tail lamps if they are found to be inoperative.” This TSB only included 2015 and 2016 model year vehicles, which Small’s lawsuit pointed to as evidence of wrongdoing on GM’s part, although the company later expanded it to include 2017 model year vehicles as well. The company Small’s vehicle was registered to also received a notice of this TSB when it was sent out in 2020.