CRA Industry News – USA

Illinois, United States — A class action complaint has been filed against Mercedes-Benz after a sunroof allegedly collapsed on the plaintiff’s sister head.   

On March 3, 2020 Bruce Pickens’ sister, Jawanna Tallie said she heard a loud bang, while she was driving on the highway. She proceeded to pull over to check the exterior of the vehicle, only to have the sunroof spontaneously collapse on her head as she reentered the vehicle. 

The class action complaint, filed in Illinois alleges that the German automaker failed to meet the required standards for large panoramic sunroofs. 

Pickens alleges Mercedes-Benz engaged in “the practice of misrepresenting the safety of the vehicles,” which resulted in harm to vehicle owners and passengers. The harm, according to the class action complaint, is alleged to have been caused by spontaneous breakage of the sunroof.

“Defendants omitted, concealed and inadequately provided critical safety information regarding the use of Mercedes-Benz in order to induce its purchase and use. Defendants engaged in and continued to engage in conduct likely to mislead consumers including the plaintiff. The conduct was fraudulent, unfair and unlawful,” a portion class action complaint reads. 

Pickens is seeking a trial by jury, legal fee compensation, financial compensation and injunctive relief. 

The plaintiff “is among the millions of consumers who purchased one or more of Mercedes-Benz vehicles during the 10 years preceding the filing of this complaint. Plaintiff and other similarly situated purchasers of the vehicles relied on Mercedes-Benz’s misrepresentations in purchasing the vehicles, and would not have purchased the vehicles, had facts regarding the true safety of the vehicles were disclosed,” reads the complaint.

The exact model of the vehicle is a 2015 Mercedes-Benz ML350.

Article Credit to Collision Repair Magazine.