Wexler Boley & Elgersma is investigating claims that several makes and models of automobiles have had vital safety features removed due to the phasing out of cellular 3G networks. If your vehicle included 3G network features that have subsequently been disabled, contact us today to discuss filing an automobile 3G network shutdown lawsuit.
There are numerous factors to consider when buying a new automobile, and safety is one of the most important. Certain safety features, such as on-board emergency assistance and automatic crash detection, are frequently touted as selling points by auto manufacturers. However, as wireless carriers began shutting down their 3G networks in favor of newer technology in early 2022, countless automobile owners were shocked to learn that many safety features that relied on 3G cellular networks were no longer functional.
What Automobiles are Affected by the 3G Network Shutdown?
Despite knowing that wireless carriers planned to retire their 3G networks, auto manufacturers continued to rely on the technology until as recent as the 2021 model year. Owners of affected makes and models discovered that crucial connectivity features, such as GPS navigation, roadside assistance, and automatic crash notifications to alert first responders of an accident, no longer worked.
The loss of 3G network connectivity is not isolated to a single manufacturer or model but affects a large portion of vehicles sold between 2012 and 2021. This list includes:
2016-2018 A3 e-Tron
2012-2017 BMW 435, BMW i3, BMW F30, BMW F22, BMW M235
2012 Mercury Milan, Lincoln MKZ
2018-2020 Accord Touring, Odyssey Touring/Elite
2019-2020 Insight Touring
2019-2020 Pilot Touring/Elite/Black Edition
2019-2021 Passport Touring/Elite
2010-2017 All Models
2016-2017 Altima, Maxima, Rogue, Titan
2017-2018 GT-R, Rogue Sport
2017 Murano, Pathfinder, Titan XD
2014-2018 Infiniti Q50
2017-2018 Infiniti Q60
2013-2018 Infiniti Q70
2017-2019 Infiniti QX30
2013-2017 Infiniti JX, QX60, QX56, QX80
2014 918 Spyder
2014-2019 VW Passat, Jetta, Tiguan, Beetle
2014-2019 GolfR, GolfD, Golf, eGolf
2014-2019 Golf SportWagen
2015.5-2018 S60, V60, V60 Cross Country
Consumers who have purchased affected vehicles are now left with few options. Some manufacturers have offered complimentary technology upgrades, while others have pushed the cost of upgrading to 4G/5G technology onto the consumer.
If you purchased a vehicle that can no longer utilize previously advertised 3G network features, you may be able to file an automobile 3G network shutdown lawsuit to help recover upgrade costs, medical bills, or other expenses. Contact Wexler Boley & Elgersma today for more information.