GMC Yukon’s class action lawsuit for false taillights dismissed

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  • A judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida dismissed a potential class action lawsuit claiming that some 2017 to 2019 model year GMC Yukon full-size SUVs had faulty taillights.
  • The judge noted that the plaintiff, Rhonda Small, did not actually own a GMC Yukon that was affected by this problem; rather, it was registered in a company. This means that Small could not have suffered personal financial damage, according to the GM Authority.
  • In addition, the judge ruled that because Small bought the vehicle from a third-party dealer and not GM directly, she received no GM warranty, according to court documents.
  • The potential class action lawsuit alleges that the Yukons had a defect that caused the taillight housing or unit to become out of order, which resulted in the brake light not turning on and thus posing an increased risk of rear-end collision.

GMC Yukon backlight overview of class action:

  • WHO: General Motors (GM) is sued by a woman who says she owns a GMC Yukon with faulty taillights.
  • Why: GM is fighting to have the case dismissed, claiming that its records show that the woman does not own the Yukon she claims to own.
  • Where: The case is being processed in Florida.

(November 9, 2021)

A woman who claims that the taillights on her GMC Yukon are faulty should not be able to bring a class action lawsuit against General Motors (GM) because she does not actually own the vehicle, the car manufacturer claims in a new court application.

In a motion recently filed in a Florida federal court, GM said the class action lawsuit filed against it by plaintiff Rhonda Smalls should be dropped because she does not legally own the SUV she is referring to, reports.

Smalls claims in her class action lawsuit that she owns a 2017 GMC Yukon that suffered from a defective taillight that demanded compensation of $ 671.

She says GM was aware of the defective taillights in the 2017 GMC Yukons, but did not issue a solution for customers who had this specific model, despite the extended correction to owners of second-year GMC Yukons. She is suing for breach of warranty.

But GM says the claims are “obviously false” because they issued a free fix for the 2017 GMC Yukon taillights, albeit later than the other vehicles.

Notwithstanding this element, GM claims that Smalls does not have the power to bring an action, in any event, because she is not the legal owner of the vehicle she claims to own.

Instead, its records show that a business unit owns the car and was notified of the taillight fixation.

The case comes when GM is facing another class action Late model Yukon SUV owners may be more likely to be in the rear due to defective taillight housing parts.

Have you had any problems with your GMC Yukon taillights? Let us know in the comments!

The plaintiff is represented by Freidin Brown, PA, Pomerantz LLP and Justice Law.

The GMC Yukon Taillight replacement class action is Rhonda Small, v. General Motors LLCcase number unknown, in U.S. District Court for Southern District of Florida

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