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Another General Motors Class Action Lawsuit Says Vehicles Can’t Be Shut Off – Shift to Park Issue

Yet another Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against GM, this time for the ‘Shift To Park’ Issue In Chevy Malibu, Blazer, Traverse, And Volt models.

The GM Shift to Park lawsuit alleges certain GM vehicles fail to detect when the gear selector has been shifted into Park, and the driver cannot shut the vehicle off.

  •     2016-2019 Chevrolet Malibu
  •     2016-2019 Chevrolet Volt
  •     2018-2019 Chevrolet Traverse
  •     2019 Chevrolet Blazer

According to the GM class-action lawsuit, these vehicles fail to detect they are shifted into PARK which prevents vehicles from shutting off and locking. Typically, a ‘Shift to Park’ warning message will appear on the driver instrument panel when this happens. The driver can jiggle and or wiggle the gear shifter in order to remedy the issue, although this technique does not always work.

Below are the complaints filed by drivers:

“So when you spend this kind of money on a vehicle you expect it to hold up for several years. This car is barely a year old and for the last month, I have been dealing with my SUV not recognizing when it is in park. What that means is, the vehicle will not shut off and I can not lock it and walk away. I have to sit and jiggle the gear shifter like a mad woman until it decides to recognize that it is indeed in park.” — 2018 Chevrolet Traverse owner

“Vehicle does not turn off after shifting to park. The car does not detect park mode and driver has to ‘jiggle’ shift knob.” — 2018 Chevrolet Volt owner

This class action lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan by three plaintiffs in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Maryland, Car Complaints reports.

This isn’t the first time General Motors has been sued over the seemingly prevalent ‘Shift to Park’ defect. A band of GMC Acadia owners sued the automaker over the issue back in 2019 and two other similar lawsuits were filed in May and August of last year.

GM Shift to Park Technical Service Bulletins

The Shift to Park lawsuit alleges General Motors knows about the problem and has issued several technical service bulletins to dealerships regarding vehicles with Shift to Park messages.

  • January 9, 2017 (TSB PIC6244) — “Diagnostic Aid For Vehicles With Shift To Park Message And All DTCs P1AEE P1AEF P1AF0 P1AF2 P1E22.”
  • December 5, 2017 (TSB PIE0441) — “Engineering Information – Shift to Park Message Displayed.”
  • December 1, 2018 (TSB 18-NA-297) — “Message Displaying Shift to Park when in Park.”
  • September 2019 (TSB 19NA206) — “Intermittent Shift to Park Message Displayed While Vehicle in Park.”

Final Thoughts

If you are an automobile owner and having manufacturing issues, you can contact us for a class-action lawsuit. Serious car problems require serious legal representation, especially when you are bringing a claim against a major automaker.

At The Lemon Firm, our experienced attorneys have been able to successfully recover compensation for our clients who were sold a vehicle that did not perform as intended and we can do the same for you. Contact us for a free consultation today if you have experienced problems like those experienced by the Volkswagen class action above or any other types of design or manufacturing defects with your vehicle.  Our experienced attorneys can be reached by calling (833) 536-6634.  The first consultation is free and we can take your case on a contingency fee, meaning that you will not pay a cent unless our experienced attorneys recover money for you.  Call us today!