Settlement Reached in Cadillac SRX Defective Headlights Class Action Lawsuit

DATE: January 8, 2019
PRACTICE AREAS: Defective Products

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 8, 2019 – Berger Montague is pleased to announce General Motors, LLC has agreed to settle allegations that the headlights in 2010 – 2015 Cadillac SRX vehicles have a defect that causes the headlights to prematurely wear out and fail. The case was filed in October 2017 on behalf of owners and lessees of 2010 – 2015 Cadillac SRXs and settled in December 2018 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida for California and Florida residents.

Plaintiffs alleged that the seals used in Class Vehicles’ headlights’ exterior housing units wear out or deteriorate, allowing moisture to accumulate and condense from the air that flows through their vents. The housing units’ vents’ design is also defective in that it further compromises the flow and exchange of air through the improperly sealed headlights. The pooling condensation causes the headlights to malfunction or the bulbs to fail by corroding lamp assembly components like the igniter and/or causing electrical shorts, among other problems. Further, the vehicles’ design is such that the hood on the right side of the vehicle puts pressure on the headlights, further exacerbating the seals’ deterioration.

The settlement agreement states that California and Florida residents will be reimbursed for any prior out-of-pocket SRX low-beam headlamp, headlamp capsule, or headlamp bulb replacement costs for moisture-related issues up to $1,600 per replacement. Residents will also be reimbursed entirely for a new diagnosis performed by a Cadillac dealer of their SRX headlamps for moisture-related issues. If residents elect to replace their entire SRX headlamp, they will also be fully reimbursed.

Berger Montague Shareholder Russell D. Paul served as lead counsel for the plaintiffs along with Capstone Law.

The case is Davis et al. v. General Motors LLC, Case No. 8:17-cv-02431 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Berger Montague is a national law firm headquartered in Philadelphia with additional offices in Minneapolis and Washington, D.C. The firm litigated complex civil cases and class actions in federal and state courts throughout the United States. Berger Montague has played lead roles in major cases for 49 years, resulting in recoveries of over $30 billion for its clients.