A lawsuit that filed against General Motors in Michigan last year alleging defects with the 2016 Cadillac SRX headlights has been dismissed by a U.S. District Court judge.
This suit, which was filed by a Virginia-based plaintiff in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan last year, alleges the 2016 model-year Cadillac SRX has faulty headlights with seals that can wear out prematurely, allowing moisture to enter the casing and damage the internal electronic components. This is the same alleged problem that has been covered by GM Authority in the past and is widely discussed in our comment sections. While the majority of vehicles believed to be affected by this purported issue are from the 2010 to 2015 model years, this plaintiff’s vehicle is from the 2016 model year.
The judge dismissed the plaintiff’s claims against GM as Virginia law states that an “action for breach of any contract for sale must be commenced within four years after the cause of action has accrued,” as quoted by Car Complaints. The plaintiff purchased his vehicle in 2016 and filed the lawsuit against GM in April of 2021, which was well after the stature of limitations had come and gone in 2019. The plaintiff argued this warranty claim should be thrown out as GM actively hid the alleged headlight defects from consumers, during this time, however the judge found the plaintiff did not have “sufficient facts,” to support this argument.
The plaintiff also said GM was aware of these headlight defects when it sold him the 2016 Cadillac SRX, as evidence by Technical Service Bulletins and other manufacturer communications that directly address the leaking/condensation problem. The judge dismissed this claim as well, saying these communications do not “specifically reference the Headlight Defect claimed by Plaintiff, which is that faulty seals and/or vent design allows moisture to accumulate in the headlamp assembly, resulting in corroded components and burnt-out or dimming bulbs.”
Readers that may be affected by the issue described in this article can view a GM document addressing the headlight condensation problem at this link, via NHTSA’s website.