Rain-X Washer Fluid Sensor Class Action

Washer fluid may damage cars' fluid sensors

In August 2015, attorneys with Gibbs Law Group filed a class action lawsuit in federal court against Illinois Tool Works, Inc. and South/Win LTD, the manufacturers of Rain-X windshield washer fluid. The lawsuit alleged that Rain-X windshield washer fluid “is marketed and sold as though it were suitable for use in all mass-produced vehicles” when in fact it is incompatible with certain vehicles.

When Rain-X windshield washer fluids are used in certain vehicles, the complaint alleged, the product damages the vehicles’ windshield washer fluid sensors, and, as a result, the sensors are unable to accurately read when washer fluid is low or depleted.

The cost to repair a broken sensor can range from $100 to $200.

Parties Stipulate to Close Case

On May 10, 2017, the parties filed a stipulation of dismissal with prejudice, closing the case.

Plaintiff paid $130 to replace broken sensor

The class action complaint was originally filed on behalf of a consumer in New Jersey, who bought Rain-X for use in his Volkswagen GTI.

The lawsuit stated that the low fluid warning light came on in his vehicle in February 2015, but when he checked the fluid reservoir, it was not low. According to the complaint, when the plaintiff took his vehicle to a Volkswagen dealer, he was told that Rain-X had created a build-up on the sensor that prevented the sensor from working, and this triggered the warning light.

The plaintiff paid $130 to repair the sensor.

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