GM Lawsuits & Recalls: Multiple Manufacturing Defects

GM or General Motors has quite a history of lawsuits and recalling a lot of vehicles. GM had a very public recall back in 2014. A faulty ignition switch led to the deaths of 124 people when it would shut off on accident. GM admitted that the faulty switch led the car to disable all available safety features, which included airbags.

Reuters reported that since 2014, General Motors has recalled over 2.6 million vehicles related to this case and paid $900 million to settle one case and more than $2.6 billion in penalties and settlements. Many vehicle owners claimed that buying vehicles from GM hurt financially in many ways. Right now GM is facing lifter failure lawsuits, Attorneys are investigating the issue.

GM Lifter Investigation & Lawsuit

Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating 2014-2020 vehicles for defective lifters. Attorneys are specifically looking into the 2014-2020 models of the following vehicles: GMC Sierra; Chevy Tahoe; GMC Yukon; GMC Yukon XL; Cadillac Escalade; and Chevy Suburban.

Many drivers claimed that their vehicles have a ticking or knocking noise, power loss, stalling, stuttering, and engine misfire incidents. Attorneys are checking if it’s a manufacturing defect and whether a class action lawsuit could help affected drivers recover repair and replacement costs.

A number of GM drivers have taken to the internet to post their complaints of bad, failing, or collapsed lifters.

Engine was misfiring last week, so I brought it to the dealer. They confirmed that I had a collapsed lifter, and that it had to be replaced under warranty. When going over the repairs with the service writer, they informed me that they only replaced the failed lifter. Out of curiosity, I asked him what such a repair would cost outside of the powertrain warranty.  He told me it would cost anywhere between $3500-4000 if it happened again, and that all of the lifters would need to be replaced should I be paying out of pocket.& He added that I would be ‘silly not to replace them all’ … because of the likelihood that another fouled or damaged lifter could fail shortly after the first.”

— HUNTHEARIN, 2016 GMC SIERRA DRIVER, GM-TRUCKS.COM

2015 Escalade 94K miles catastrophic engine failure due to AFM components. This is our second Escalade in our fleet to suffer this same failure. We have had two Denalis suffer the same fate as well. This newest failure solidifies my belief that Active Fuel Management is the Achilles heel of modern GM V8’s. Now, we have 150K warranty, so this is covered. But, we still lose a ton of money while the vehicle is down for the typical 3 weeks it takes for a dealership to complete this repair. Not happy right now.”

— FLEET_MANAGER, 2015 CADILLAC ESCALADE DRIVER, CADILLACFORUMS.COM

I was a bit blindsided by a 2017 suburban suddenly developing a severe engine stutter diagnosed as lifter failure after an oil change at the dealership. Car has 90,000 miles on it has been running fine without any problems whatsoever until we bring it to the dealership for a warranty brake repair and while there we have a simple oil change. Shortly after the oil change my wife who drives the car notices asleep taking which progresses to a more severe stutter and the engine light starts coming on while we’re driving. Of course we go back to the dealer…$7000 to replace the entire engine??? It’s a 2017 car… 90k just outa warranty…”

— MEDICARNP, 2017 CHEVY SUBURBAN DRIVERS, REDDIT.COM

My 2015 GMC Yukon xl is now malfunctioning again…about 4 days ago, I became aware of ticking noise while my car has been idle. I immediately scheduled a maintenance appointment. Today, I am also informed that my ‘lifters’ are bad on the vehicle and my engine is going bad.”

— 2015 GMC YUKON XL DRIVER, CARPROBLEMZOO.COM

About 2 weeks ago I purchased a 2020 Sierra 1500 AT4 and just recently upon coming up to 600 miles on the dash I quickly noticed loud ticking noise coming from the engine area. Brought it in for service. next day I received a call in the morning stating that multiple lifters Have collapsed. Was told they will swap them out on the entire side and was told they’ll get it taken care of. picked up my truck after hours and the noise was the same. Maybe even possibly worse.”

— JPOLAND1228, 2020 GMC SIERRA DRIVER, GM-TRUCKS.COM

700,000 Chevy Silverado Recalls For Variety Of Problems

GM also has announced recalls of 700,000 Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra Truck for multiple defects, including one that will have truck owners waiting for months for the replacement parts to come in. That recall involves 410,019 GMC Sierra 1500, 2500, 3500, and Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 2500, and 3500 trucks from the 2015-2016 model years.

Affected trucks could have their roof-rail airbag inflator end cap detach from the inflator, or the inflator sidewall may rupture. It would stop the airbags from working properly and in some instances could send shrapnel into the passenger cabin, according to a document filed with the National Highway Traffic Administration.

The second recall involves 331,274 Chevrolet Silverado 2500, 3500, and GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 vehicles equipped with a Duramax diesel 6.6-liter engine and an optional engine-block heater cord. All are from the 2017-2019 model years.

It found that an electrical short circuit may occur in the engine-block heater cord or in the terminals that connect the heater cable to the block heater. The automaker says that the dealer will disable the block heater and will provide replacement block heaters and cords free of charge in what is called a separate customer satisfaction campaign.

If you or a loved one, a friend or co-worker drive a GM vehicle and are experiencing any of these issues, please call (833) LEMON-FIRM for a free consultation or fill out a contact request with us and a case analyst will contact you within 24 hours,