In August 2010, Chimicles & Tikellis filed a putative class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey on behalf of current and former owners and lessees of the following Volvo vehicle models: S40, S60, S80, V50, V70, XC90 vehicles (the “Class Vehicles”). The complaint alleges that the sunroofs in the Class Vehicles suffer from a design defect that inevitably leads to extensive damage by allowing an ingress of water into the Class Vehicles. This water, which is intended to be directed to the exterior of the vehicle, instead ends up within the passenger compartment of the Class Vehicles. The complaint alleges that when this occurs, it may pose a safety risk to the operator of the vehicle since the ingress of water can damage important electrical items and/or sensors.
On March 26, 2013, the Honorable Dennis M. Cavanaugh of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey denied Volvo’s motions for summary judgment and granted Plaintiffs’ motion for certification of California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Florida, Hawaii and Maryland state classes. A copy of the opinion is available here.
If you are a current or former lessee of one of the Class Vehicles and have experienced the sunroof defect described above, please submit your info via the “Email Us…” button, below.