A proposed class action lawsuit claims the 2017 Land Rover Discovery, and possibly other models, suffers from a common windshield defect that could allow water to come into contact with a vehicle’s electrical systems, causing catastrophic damage and posing a danger to drivers and passengers.
The plaintiff, a Tennessee chiropractic practice, claims to have bought the high-end Land Rover Discovery in November 2017. A little more than two years later, the plaintiff’s vehicle “suffered a major water breach” around its windshield, which destroyed the Land Rover’s dashboard-located computer system, the lawsuit says.
According to the case, the plaintiff’s principal was driving the vehicle at the time of the water breach, upon which “all dashboard controls, signals, instrumentation or messaging stopped functioning.”
After bringing the Land Rover to a dealership for repairs, the man learned the windshield issue was a common problem with Discovery vehicles, the complaint says. When the plaintiff’s principal arrived at the dealership after roughly two months to pick up the vehicle, he found the Land Rover Discovery “not in a condition to be picked up,” the suit claims:
“While it is possible that the windshield defect had been repaired and that the computer system had been repaired, the Discovery was moldy. The dealership had allowed the Discovery to remain closed up, uncleaned, wet, and soggy for approximately two months, thereby resulting in mold growing in the Discovery.”
In the time since, the plaintiff, who refused to accept the 2017 Discovery back from the dealer, has been unable to achieve any resolution to the apparent windshield defect with defendant Jaguar Land Rover North America, the lawsuit alleges, claiming the plaintiff has now gone without the vehicle for roughly five months.
Land Rover was aware of the windshield defect at the time the plaintiff purchased the allegedly stricken vehicle yet did not disclose and actively concealed the problem, the suit asserts. Upon information and belief, Jaguar Land Rover North America continues to manufacture and sell Discovery models plagued by the supposed windshield defect, the case alleges. Per the suit, the automaker has known of the apparent windshield defect “for a substantial period of time.”
“The windshield defects, if revealed or disclosed prior to purchase of a Land Rover Discovery, would have materially impacted Plaintiff and class members’ decision to purchase the vehicle or the purchase or lease price of the vehicle,” the suit argues.
The lawsuit looks to represent owners and lessees of 2017 Land Rover Discovery vehicles. Noted in the complaint is that the plaintiff looks to reserve the right to broaden the proposed class to include current and former owners and lessees of 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019 and 2020 Land Rover Discovery models.
Initially filed in Hamilton County, Tennessee Chancery Court, the lawsuit has been removed to the federal court in the state’s Eastern District.
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