Cadillac SRX Dim Headlights Cause Lawsuit


Lawsuit alleges 2010-2015 Cadillac SRX headlights go dim and go out because of bad seals.

December 11, 2017 —
Cadillac SRX dim headlights allegedly cause drivers to fear driving at night, so says a proposed class-action lawsuit filed in Florida.

Plaintiffs Christine Davis, Anna Macias and Leonardo Macias filed the headlight lawsuit that proposes to include all consumers who purchased or leased  2010-2015 Cadillac SRX SUVs.

According to the lawsuit, the seals GM used in the exterior headlight housing units wear out and deteriorate and allow moisture to accumulate and condense from the air that flows through the vents.

However, the plaintiffs also allege the vents for the housing units are defective because they interfere with the flow of air through the faulty seals of the headlights.

The condensation causes headlight problems that include failure of the bulbs due to corrosion of the components such as the igniters, in addition to electrical shorts

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2014 Acura MDX

The 2014 Acura MDX trades visceral driving fun for family-friendly refinement, which should appeal to most shoppers for the seven-seat luxury SUV.

Now in its third generation, the MDX faces a new competitor in the Infiniti JX, which wasn’t around when the previous generation arrived. Other options include the BMW X5, Buick Enclave, Audi Q7 and, if you can do without the third row, the ever-popular Lexus RX.

Like many Acura cars, the MDX comes in one well-equipped base trim, though there are several option packages that essentially serve as trim levels: Technology, Technology with Entertainment and Advance with Entertainment. For 2014, front-wheel drive becomes available with all packages; previously all-wheel drive was standard. At a media preview in Portland, Ore., I drove a number

... read more at: https://www.cars.com/research/acura-mdx-2014/

Trump administration releases proposal to allow workers to band together for health insurance

The Department of Labor released a proposed rule to allow workers to band together to receive health insurance.

The rule is in response to President Trump’s executive order intended to allow people to buy lower-cost health insurance that can circumvent some of the mandates created under Obamacare. It has been billed by supporters as allowing insurance to be sold across state lines.

The Department of Labor’s proposal, released Thursday, makes regulatory changes to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, known as ERISA.

The proposed regulation would change the definition of “employer” by allowing individual workers or small groups of people with a “commonality of interest” to join together, such as people who are engaged in the same kinds of trade or business. By doing so, they would be considered one large employer for the purpose of providing coverage.

Regulations currently stipulate that members have to be in the same

... read more at: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/trump-administration-releases-proposal-to-allow-workers-to-band-together-for-health-insurance/article/2644942

Fuyao offers ‘hardship fund:’ Dayton Business – Dayton Daily News

Established by a contribution from Fuyao, the fund will provide a “structured way” for the company to help employees after experiencing financial difficulties due to situations such as the loss or destruction of a home, medical expenses caused by severe illness or accident or death of an employee’s immediate family member, the foundation said.

... read more at: http://www.daytondailynews.com/business/fuyao-creates-hardship-fund-for-employees/moXPNpp2zCzU1bxLIa3EnI/

Shop Strategies: NJ Body Shop Stands up to Insurance Companies

Prior to opening Exclusive Auto Collision in 2003 in Ramsey, NJ, Tony Lake was an auto damage appraiser for 20 years.

 

“I saw that high-end vehicles were not getting repaired the way that I thought they could be repaired back to OEM manufacturers’ standards,” said Lake. “There was a big gap between a quality repair and a non-quality repair going on in the industry.”

 

A body shop was for sale in an exclusive area of New Jersey, so Lake decided to purchase it and build a specialty business. He now repairs high-end vehicles such as Audi, Mercedes and Porsche.

 

Autobody News talked to Lake about the importance of OEM certifications and the steps he is taking to stand up to insurance companies to ensure vehicles are repaired back to pre-accident condition. 

 

Q: Why do you recommend body shops invest in OEM certifications?

 

A: Hands down, the OEM training you get for your employees is the

... read more at: http://www.autobodynews.com/index.php/northeastern/item/14440-shop-strategies-nj-body-shop-stands-up-to-insurance-companies.html

New bill would lower Detroit auto insurance, but could raise it in rest of state

LANSING, MI — A Detroit senator has introduced a bill to limit the factors insurance companies can use to set their rates, something he sees as fair but an insurance industry group says would raise costs for people living in rural Michigan.

Senate Bill 312 would limit the criteria auto insurers could use in setting their rates to three factors: anticipated repair costs, civil infraction history and insurance claims history. Currently insurers use a lot more than that, including how many years somebody has been driving, where you live, insurance-based credit scoring and miles driven.

But Sen. Morris Hood III, D-Detroit, said his bill gets at an issue of fairness.

“What we’re looking at is just making insurance rates fair to everyone,” said Hood.

He said he’s seen cases where somebody who has a clean driving record and lives in Detroit is paying more than somebody with driving infractions and claims living in

... read more at: http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/04/new_bill_would_lower_detroit_a.html

Locals Note Rock Chipped Windshields Common in RGV – KRGV.com

MCALLEN – If you drive in the Rio Grande Valley, you’re probably familiar with rock chipped windows.

“It’s that rock when you hear that crack and then you’re just praying it doesn’t spread all over,” explained Antonio Serena.

Serena was getting a crack in his less than one-week-old windshield filled at Crackmaster Windshield Repair in McAllen.

“I had a big one and I had to replace the whole windshield and now again,” he said.

Francisco Ordonez owns the repair shop. He said he sees some customers for chip repairs on a weekly basis.

“Most the time, they complain about the roads not being taken care of properly and dirty,” Ordonez said.

CHANNEL 5 NEWS reached out to Texas Department of Transportation.

“It’s happened to me where you’re driving around and there’s no commercial vehicles, and suddenly this pebble comes out of nowhere,” said TxDOT spokesman Octavio Saenz.

Saenz said TxDOT spends more than $2 million a year sweeping

... read more at: http://www.krgv.com/story/36874168/locals-note-rock-chipped-windshields-common-in-rgv

Homeless man suspected of damage spree in Astoria

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Rodrigo Banda Espinoza

A homeless man has been charged with six counts of first-degree criminal mischief after allegedly damaging five cars and two Department of Motor Vehicles office windows in Astoria this week.

Police received a report just after 6 p.m. Monday from the owner of a damaged Cadillac SRX on Hamburg Avenue near the Port of Astoria. When Officer A.J. Duryea arrived, he found the front window of the car totally shattered and a large piece of concrete resting on the substantially damaged hood, according to an affidavit.

Marco Vargas, a Bornstein Seafoods employee, was driving home from work. Stopped at an intersection across from Englund Marine Industrial Supply Co., Vargas saw the man throw what appeared to be a large rock through the windshield and,

... read more at: http://www.dailyastorian.com/Local_News/20171018/homeless-man-charged-for-car-damage

Karma comes around again: California’s newest car factory aims to rival Tesla

A premium luxury sedan born from the ashes of the Fisker Karma – a Tesla rival that wowed the automotive world before collapsing into bankruptcy three years ago – will soon begin rolling off a production line at California’s newest car factory. 

When it is up and running, the Karma Automotive factory in Moreno Valley will produce as many as 3,000 of the high-end Karma Reveros annually. The cars, again compteting with Tesla, will be four-door luxury electric sedans priced above $100,000.

Karma Automotive joins Tesla on a list of locally based car and bus manufacturers, including Faraday Future, BYD and Atieva that together are making California ground zero for the electric vehicle market. 

Like those companies, Karma is backed by Chinese money. The bankrupt Karma’s assets were purchased in 2014 by Wanxiang Group, a Chinese auto parts giant that also owns A123, the battery company that produced power packs for the Fisker cars.