General Motors (GM) has settled a class action lawsuit for selling vehicles with defective 8-speed automatic transmissions. It is reported that GM sold over 800,000 vehicles with these faulty transmissions without disclosing the issue to customers prior to purchase. Consequently, the class action settled in 26 states as the automaker sold defective transmission vehicles and allowed them to operate on public roads, endangering drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.
The lawsuit particularly relates to vehicles equipped with GM’s 8L90 or 8L45 transmissions, manufactured between 2015 and March 1, 2019. The lawsuit asserts that General Motors made a deliberate business decision to withhold information from customers about the transmissions’ subpar performance, despite being aware of the issue. This conduct is believed to be a violation of state consumer protection laws. The lawsuit seeks reimbursement for any expenses associated with repairs incurred due to the defective transmission and to hold General Motors accountable for not informing customers transparently and promptly.
Consequences on Buyers
Defective vehicles can cause several negative consequences for buyers, such as experiencing hesitation, lurching, and lunging while accelerating or decelerating their vehicles. Additionally, they may also undergo shaking or “shudder” when driving at high speeds, which can be potentially dangerous. If the transmission fails or malfunctions, the vehicle can become inoperable, leaving the driver stranded and creating a hazardous situation. In severe cases, a malfunctioning transmission can even lead to accidents, causing injuries or fatalities. Additionally, defective transmission can also pose a risk of transmission fluid leaks, which can cause damage to other parts of the vehicle. On the flip side, repairing a faulty transmission carry the possibility of unexpected expenses, including the cost of replacement parts and labor fees. Furthermore, it can significantly decrease the value of the vehicle, causing financial losses for the owner and making it challenging to recoup the investment.
Affected Vehicle Models
The following vehicle models are part of a lawsuit against General Motors alleging faulty eight-speed automatic transmissions:
- 2016/19 Chevrolet Corvette
- 2015/19 Chevrolet Colorado
- 2015/19 Chevrolet Camaro
- 2017/19 Chevrolet Silverado
- 2016/19 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV
- GMC Sierra, Yukon, Yukon XL, and Yukon Denali XL
- 2015/19 Cadillac ATS, ATS-V, CTS, CT6, and CTS-V
- 2017/19 GMC Canyon
How Should Owners Respond?
Since at least 2015, General Motors has been dealing with shifting issues in their 8-speed automatic transmissions. So far, the company has released 13 versions of a technical service bulletin related to the issue and has replaced the automatic transmission fluid in MY19 to MY22 vehicles with harsh shifts. In response to the current lawsuit surrounding defective transmissions, it is imperative for owners delivered with faulty transmissions to take certain steps to protect themselves.
The second action against GM, Battle v. General Motors, LLC, 2:22-CV-108783, is also in process regarding vehicles with 8L transmissions. Therefore, owners, especially those who have experienced transmission issues, need to comprehend their rights and available courses of action. It is advisable for them to consult with a legal professional to explore probable solutions. Alternatively, owners may consider taking their vehicle to an authorized dealership for repairs, as these repairs may be covered under a warranty or a recall.
Your safety and well-being are top priorities, don’t ignore any signs of hesitation, shaking, or other issues. Taking proactive measures is essential to ensure you drive a reliable and safe vehicle. Moreover, joining the recent lawsuit as a plaintiff can help car owners pursue compensation for any damages or losses they have suffered due to the defective transmission. Stay informed and take the necessary steps to ensure your vehicle operates smoothly and safely.
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