GM Faces Lawsuit Regarding Ignition Switch

General Motors is facing several lawsuits concerning defective ignition switches in several models. The defect causes the engine to suddenly shut off, ultimately cutting off the car’s power while in motion.

Back in 2014, GM began recalling 2.6 million vehicles due to these ignition switch problems. Apparently, some GM insiders were aware of the problem as early as 2001, 13 years before the recall was issued. Affected drivers and their families are going after GM for personal injuries and wrongful deaths related to the defective ignition switches. As a result, GM has paid out nearly $7 billion in recall-related costs, but is fighting against the injury and death suits, claiming that the defective switches were not the cause of the crashes. To avoid unnecessary exposure, the automaker is also settling cases outside of court.

How Did the Ignition Switch Go Wrong?

When a driver starts the car, the ignition switch activates the vehicle’s electrical system. Normally, the ignition switch will remain in the “on” position when the car is running. However, in a defective ignition switch, the “detent plunger” part was made to improper specifications, allowing the switch to slip to the “ACC” position when the key is accidentally struck, or on rough terrain. At this point, the vehicle’s engine, power steering, anti-lock brake system, and airbags are disabled. It goes without saying that this can lead to extremely dangerous consequences: a driver can lose control of the vehicle and safety systems, including the airbag, can fail to function properly. Over 124 people were injured and 275 people were killed due to these defective switches.

Instead of issuing a recall right away in 2001, GM instead issued a “service bulletin” to its dealers in 2005. The automaker also withheld information from federal authorities that may have led to a recall much sooner. Ultimately, when GM issued the recall in 2014, the Department of Transportations issued a $35 million fine for failure to report a safety defect in a timely manner and, the Department of Justice issued a $900 million fine for concealing a potentially deadly defect. GM’s CEO responded by blaming the delayed recall on a “cost culture” and claimed the automaker was working hard to improve its safety culture. While GM paid $575 million to victims of ignition switch crashes via a compensation fund, less than 10% of people who made claims to the fund actually received payment.

What Can I Do if My GM is Equipped With a Defective Ignition Switch?

Ultimately, you may be eligible to file a GM ignition switch lawsuit if:

  • You were injured in a crash involving a faulty GM ignition switch
  • You lost a loved one in an ignition switch crash
  • You own a vehicle with a defective ignition switch that depreciated in value as a result of the recall
  • You did accept payment through the GM compensation fund

If you are driving a GM vehicle equipped with a potentially defective ignition switch, California’s lemon laws are here to protect you and prevent any further complications. The attorneys at CCA are very knowledgeable about the defective ignition switches in GM vehicles discussed above and will work with you to fight back against the automaker.

Please do not hesitate to call CCA today for a free consultation: (833) LEMON-FIRM. We’ll get you the compensation you deserve – and at no cost to you!

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GM Defective Piston Rings

General Motors (GM) has been the target of numerous recent complaints concerning engine defects in several GM models. Specifically, according to recently filed class-action lawsuits, GM engines have suffered widespread problems with their piston rings. 

CCA is here to help if your GM-manufactured vehicle has exhibited any repeat engine issues. We invite you to call our experts today for a free consultation: (833) LEMON-FIRM.

What Are the Issues in the GM Piston Rings that Resulted in a Class Action Lawsuit?

Recently, GM owners have complained about the vehicle’s excessive oil consumption issue. Drivers are financially burdened by the cost to continuously address this issue, as excessive oil consumption also affects the vehicle’s engine, pistons, and rings.

Here is a list of the models that are equipped with the potentially defective 5.3L Vortec 5300 engines mentioned in the lawsuit:

  • 2010-2014 Chevrolet Avalanche
  • 2010-2013 Chevrolet Silverado
  • 2010-2014 Chevrolet Suburban
  • 2010-2014 Chevrolet Tahoe
  • 2010-2013 GMC Sierra
  • 2010-2014 GMC Yukon
  • 2010-2014 GMC Yukon XL

One plaintiff, an owner of a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado equipped with a faulty engine, complained that the engine had fouled spark plugs that caused it to misfire. Later in 2015, the plaintiff noticed oil consumption issues caused by the faulty spark plugs. The dealer allegedly confirmed that defective piston rings caused the oil consumption problems. Apparently, the piston rings did not maintain sufficient tension to prevent excess oil consumption in the combustion chamber. As per the lawsuit, this defect creates a safety risk for the affected models as the engine is prone to catching fire and causing fatal accidents.

A user of the Chevrolet Suburban stated, “Have added in excess of 5 quarts of oil on two separate occasions in between 3,000-mile oil changes. Would like Chevrolet to take responsibility for this and fix it, please.”

What Can I Do if My GM Manufactured Vehicle is Subject to Oil Consumption Issues or Repeat Engine Issues?

If you experience any engine trouble with your GM-manufactured vehicle, such as engine damage, defective piston rings, excess oil consumption, or other engine-related issues, California’s lemon laws are here to protect you from any further complications. The attorneys at CCA have extensive experience litigating cases concerning complicated engine issues in GM models.

If your vehicle has exhibited any of the issues mentioned above, do not hesitate to contact our experts for a free consultation at (833) LEMON-FIRM.

GM Infotainment System Lawsuit

By: Nicole Halavi

General Motors (GM), in recent years,has received numerous complaints concerning electronic and infotainment system defects in various models. In light of the recent complaints regarding GM’s infotainment system, a class-action lawsuit has been filed alleging that some GM models are equipped with a defective IOR 7-inch radio, which has led to a sudden increase in sound volume. Ultimately, this becomes a safety problem as it can be distracting to a driver.

CCA is here to help if your GM manufactured vehicle has exhibited any faults in the infotainment system. We invite you to call our experts today for a free consultation: (833) LEMON-FIRM.

What Are the Issues in the GM Infotainment System that Resulted in a Class Action Lawsuit?

A recent class-action lawsuit concerning GM’s infotainment system alleges a defect in the radio system that triggers a sudden volume spike. This can act as a distraction to the driver and result in potentially fatal accidents. The lawsuit further expands on Bluetooth issues, a faulty rearview camera, and defective display screens that spontaneously goes dark.

Here is a list of the recent models that are equipped with faulty infotainment systems:

  • 2019 Chevrolet Colorado
  • 2019 Chevrolet Equinox
  • 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  • 2019 GMC Canyon
  • 2019 GMC Sierra 1500
  • 2020 Chevrolet Blazer
  • 2020 Chevrolet Camaro
  • 2020 Chevrolet Colorado
  • 2020 Chevrolet Equinox
  • 2020 Chevrolet Sonic
  • 2020 Chevrolet Trax
  • 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  • 2020 Chevrolet 2500HD
  • 2020 Chevrolet 3500HD
  • 2020 GMC Canyon
  • 2020 GMC Terrain
  • 2020 GMC Sierra 1500
  • 2020 GMC 2500HD
  • 2020 GMC 3500HD

After numerous complaints, General Motors issued several technical bulletins to dealerships and introduced a software update. However, the update only eliminated the volume problems but not the spike issue. According to the lawsuit, GM has not issued any updates to resolve the volume spike problem. Also, GM owners complain that dealers refuse to refuse to replace or repair defective infotainment systems. 

As for the faulty rearview display, users allege the display image remains on the screen for 30-50 seconds even after the vehicle is shifted out of reverse mode. Another issue mentioned in the lawsuit is regarding the Bluetooth system. When the vehicle receives a call through the Bluetooth system, the ringer does not turn off throughout the call’s duration, causing the driver to become distracted and, simply making it impossible to make use of the Bluetooth feature.

The plaintiffs of the lawsuit state that the automakers have yet to find a solution to the issue, but are not even willing to issue a recall for the defective models. 

What Can I Do if My GM Manufactured Vehicle Suffers Repeat Issues?

If you face any trouble with the infotainment system installed in your GM vehicle, such as a faulty rearview camera, a defected display, Bluetooth issues, or sudden volume spikes, California’s lemon laws are here to protect you and prevent further complications. At CCA, our lawyers are well aware of the defective infotainment system’s issues in the GM manufactured vehicles and can help you get the compensation you deserve.

If you are experiencing any of the above-mentioned issues with your vehicle, do not hesitate to contact our experts for a free consultation at: (833) LEMON-FIRM.

GM Ignition Switch Lawsuit

By: Nicole Halavi

General Motors is a multinational corporation and has been America’s largest automobile manufacturer for years. It was founded in 1908 and has now grown to be one of the world’s largest multinational corporations specializing in the manufacturing, marketing, and distribution of vehicles across the globe. Despite its reputable position in the auto market, the automaker is facing several lawsuits concerning multiple issues regarding a defective ignition switch in various models.

If your GM vehicle has exhibited serious repeated issues, CCA is here to help. Please feel free to call our experts today for a free consultation: (833) LEMON-FIRM.

What is the Ignition Switch Defect in the GM Vehicles that Resulted in a Lawsuit against the Corporation?

According to numerous GM owners, they encountered issues with respect to the proper operation of their vehicle’s ignition switch. The ignition switch activates the vehicle’s electric system and starts the car when the key is turned. Most ignition switches are equipped with four different settings: Lock, Accessory, On, and Start. Normally, the switch will remain in the “On” setting for as long as the car is running. However, with a defective switch, the car will spontaneously shift into the “Accessory” mode. The main problem arises from the fact that the vehicle’s engine, airbags, and anti-lock braking system are disabled when the car is in “Accessory” mode. Clearly, this creates a major safety problem for a driver on the road.

While this issue is becoming more prevalent in certain GM models, there are claims that GM has been aware of it since 2001. In 2005, GM dodged a recall and, instead, issued a service bulletin to GM dealers. Apparently, they also withheld important information from federal authorities to avoid issuing the recall.

Ultimately, the recall was delayed for 13 years, and finally, in 2014, GM issued a recall and paid a $35 million fine to the Department of Transportation and a $900 million fine to the Department of Justice for concealing a potentially life-threatening defect.

GM has been fighting several ignition switch lawsuits for almost two decades now. The three main types of lawsuit filed against GM are:• Personal Injury
• Wrongful Death
• Class-Action
Several crash victims and their families have filed multiple suits against the corporation for injuries and wrongful death caused by the faulty ignition switch. Despite the issues stirred up and the lawsuits filed, only 10% of the people who raised their issues received some form of compensation.

What Can I Do if My GM Vehicle is Subject to Defective Ignition Switch Issues?

If your GM vehicle has been exhibiting any of the problems mentioned above, such as a defect in the ignition switch, CCA’s lawyers are here to help – and at no cost to you! CCA is equipped with a team of lawyers who are trained to handle complicated lemon law cases and get you the relief that you deserve.

If your vehicle has been exhibiting any defects or issues, please contact our experts for a free consultation at (833) LEMON-FIRM.

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GMC Acadia Shifter Lawsuit

By: Nicole Halavi

Despite GM’s popularity in the auto market, the brand has managed to become involved in several lawsuits concerning defects in various GM models. In fact, a recently filed lawsuit against GM alleges that a number of GMC Acadia models were equipped with a defective shifter.

If your GM vehicle has exhibited any shifter issues or serious transmission issues, CCA is here to help. Feel free to call our experts today for a free consultation: (833) LEMON-FIRM.

What are the Issues in the GMC Acadia that led to a Lawsuit?

Several users have filed complaints against General Motors alleging their vehicles exhibited issues that caused the “shift to park” message to appear when the vehicle failed to detect the transmission has been shifted to “PARK” mode. The issue eventually led to a class-action lawsuit filed by Plaintiff Rilla Jefferson on behalf of former and current GMC Acadia owners in Tennessee.

Acadia owners claim that the defective gear shifter prevents them from shutting or locking the vehicle properly. According to the lawsuit, the message appears even though the shifters are in PARK, which ultimately drains the car’s battery. The lawsuit alleges that GM has repeatedly concealed this issue in order to keep Acadias’ on the market at a competitive price.

According to the lawsuit, after purchasing her new 2017 GMC Acadia, Ms. Jefferson began to notice several defects in her vehicle, one of which being a problem with the gear shifter. She visited several GM dealers, but none provided her with sufficient repair.

An owner of the 2018 GMC Acadia explained the issue as follows: “The problem seems to be like everyone else. When you park and shift to park and turn off the car you get a message that you need to shift to park. I have to shift back and forth several times before it thinks the car is in park. If the car is not in park it stays on and drains the battery. Once I got the car back from the dealership after about a week the problem is still occurring.”

Another complaint from an owner of the 2017 GMC Acadia stated the following: “The shift to park comes on after parking the car in the drive way, I have to play with the gear or put the car in drive and attempt to drive it sometimes or if I’m in a hurry the alarm goes off and the batter remains on the alarm goes off if not in park this is a very annoying problem where the dealership says they can’t duplicate. Which is a bunch of bull crap because it happens every time I cut the truck off: I just brought the car a few months ago it would have been nice to see this before leaving the lot !”

What Can I Do if My GMC Acadia is Subject to the Problems Discussed Above?

If you suffered transmission or shifter issues with your Acadia (such as a defective gear shifter, lurching, harsh shifts, acceleration problems, or other issues), CCA’s attorneys are here to help. Our attorneys are knowledgeable about the issues concerning your vehicle and are prepared to get you the compensation that you deserve.

Please do not hesitate to contact our experts today for a free consultation at: (833) LEMON-FIRM.

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Oil Consumption Issues in GM Vehicles

By: Nicole Halavi

General Motors is a multinational corporation and has been America’s largest automobile manufacturer for years. Despite its reputable position in the auto industry, a 2016 lawsuit against GM was recently certified as a class action suit concerning GM vehicles’ oil consumption problems.

If your GM vehicle has exhibited repeated or unrepaired oil consumption problems, CCA is here to help. Please free to call our experts today for a free consultation: (833) LEMON-FIRM.

What are the Oil Consumption Issues in GM-Manufactured vehicles?

Numerous owners have filed complaints against GM alleging their vehicles exhibited defects such as engine damage, excessive oil consumption, knocking engines, and more. The class action lawsuit filed against GM alleged that the oil consumption defect ultimately caused serious engine defects and even engine failure. As described in the complaint, the oil consumption defect is caused by a carbon buildup in the defective piston rings. An oil consumption issue is a major safety concern as it may cause the vehicle to breakdown unexpectedly.

Here is a list of some GM models reported to have oil consumption issues:

  • Chevrolet Avalanche
  • Chevrolet Silverado
  • Chevrolet Suburban
  • Chevrolet Tahoe
  • GMC Sierra
  • GMC Yukon
  • GMC Yukon XL

A Chevrolet Suburban owner recently described his problems, “Chevy Suburbans are too expensive to have these kinds of problems. I took the Suburban to the dealer and they told me the pistons and rings needed to be replaced to the tune of $4,000. They admitted to oil burning in the combustion chamber and a buildup of carbon had occurred. This vehicle is a perfect fit for our large family. However, given that GM gave me their dishonest run-around and then only paid for half of the repair, I will be selling the vehicle after it gets fixed and will NEVER buy another Suburban again.”

While the class action lawsuit was initially dismissed in 2017, the judge later ruled that there is enough evidence that supports the allegations regarding the oil consumption defect. According to the court, the defect is undoubtedly a safety concern. In his final ruling, the judge stated that “a reasonable jury could conclude that the evidence before the Court supports the conclusion that the alleged oil consumption defect constitutes a safety defect and that GM actively concealed information about the defect.”

Excerpts from complaints filed against GM provide further insight into the problem:

“High oil consumption, 3.5 quarts used. Start mileage 49591, oil change today 53598 mileage. 4007 miles 3.5 quarts used. Got low oil warning around mid-November the dealer added 1 qt. Today they said it was 2.5 qt low. I had to remind that it would be 3.5 qt consumption in 4007 miles. Not good!” – owner of a GMC Sierra 1500 3.5L.

“At 79k miles I noticed my 2014 Chevy Silverado LT was low in oil. I did add two quarts and waited for the following oil change to report it to the dealer advisor. Since then the truck has been consuming about a quart and a half per one thousand miles. At some point the engine light came on and after checking the deep stick I found out that the level was way low, almost empty.” – owner of a Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT.

What Can I Do if My GM Has Suffered Excessive Oil Consumption?

If your vehicle is excessively consuming oil or has suffered resultant engine damage, CCA’s attorneys are here to help. Our attorneys are knowledgeable about the issues concerning your vehicle and are prepared to get you significant compensation. Here’s the best part – our legal bills are paid by the automakers; not by our clients.

Please call our experts today for a free consultation at: (833) LEMON-FIRM.

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Oil Consumption, Knocking, and Ticking in GM Engines

By: Michael H. Rosenstein, Esq.

General Motors is a multinational corporation and has been America’s largest automobile manufacturer for years. It was founded in 1908 and has now grown to be one of the world’s largest multinational corporation that is specialized in manufacturing, marketing and distributing vehicles and vehicle parts. Over the years, General Motors has built a core connection with several high-end automobile brands such as Cadillac, Buick, GMC and Chevrolet.  In spite of GM’s vast popularity over the last 100 years, it has managed to attract some unfortunate defects and widespread issues with oil consumption in GM engines. GM customers have complained for years of widespread, frustrating, and dangerous oil consumption issues.

If your GM vehicle has suffered any serious issues regarding oil consumption, CCA is here to help. We invite you to call our experts today for a free consultation: (833) LEMON-FIRM.

What Are the Common Safety Defects in GM Engines?

Vehicles with GM engines have been facing numerous lawsuits for the past couple of years involving excessive oil consumption. The engine issues have been brought up multiple times by owners of vehicles across different brands. Most of the complaints mention engine damage, ring wear, knocking engines, sudden stops and more.

One of the most common issues amongst vehicles with GM engines is a troubling “knocking sound” and “ticking noise”. Several models have received similar complaints and customers say, this is a persisting problem that does not seem to have an easy solution. In fact, oftentimes when presented to the dealership, the GM dealership advises customers that there’s nothing that they can do.  A user of Chevrolet Tahoe described the issue as, “I just bought my Chevy Tahoe and when I start it, it makes a knocking noise. This noise is very annoying and It seems like if it’s coming from the engine.  The noise comes and goes at frequent intervals.”

Several users have discussed the excessive cost of having a vehicle with high oil consumption. Apart from the cost of frequent oil refills, it incurs other expenses such as the costs of repairing damaged engines, pistons and rings. A user of Chevrolet Suburban stated, “Chevy Suburbans are too expensive to have these kinds of problems. I took the Suburban to the dealer and they told me the pistons and rings needed to be replaced to the tune of $4,000. They admitted to oil burning in the combustion chamber and a buildup of carbon had occurred. This vehicle is a perfect fit for our large family. However, given that GM gave me their dishonest run-around and then only paid for half of the repair, I will be selling the vehicle after it gets fixed and will NEVER buy another Suburban again.”

Here is a partial list of the recent models that are known to have oil consumption issues:

  • Chevrolet Avalanche
  • Chevrolet Silverado
  • Chevrolet Suburban
  • Chevrolet Tahoe
  • GMC Sierra
  • GMC Yukon
  • GMC Yukon XL

What Actions Have Been Taken to Address the Oil Consumption Issues, Ticking Noises, Knocking Noises, and Other Problems in GM Engines?

Multiple lawsuits have been filed against GM engines over the past 10 years. A recent class-action suit claims that engines fitted in GMC and Chevrolet vehicles are equipped with faulty engines that fail prematurely. The lawsuit alleges, the engines cause excessive oil consumption and spark plug degradation.

Another recent lawsuit filed in 2020, alleges the IV LC9 engines are equipped with defective piston rings that are incapable of maintaining enough tension to keep oil in the crankcase. As per the lawsuit, the engine consumes excessive amounts of oil which can cause severe engine damage.

What Can I Do if My GM Vehicle Has Oil Consumption Issues?

If you are facing any engine trouble with your GM vehicle such as excessive oil consumption, engine damage, knocking noises, ticking noises, damaged piston rings, sudden stops or other engine-related issues, California’s lemon laws are here to protect you from any further complications. Over the past few years, our lawyers have developed strong expertise in litigating cases surrounding complicated engine issues.

If you are facing any performance issues with your vehicle, do not hesitate to contact our experts for a free consultation at: (833) LEMON-FIRM.

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Transmission Defects in GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado

By: Karina Dutra

Buying a new car is a big decision. You’ve finally found the vehicle that checks all the boxes and you’re ready to upgrade to a new ride. No one buys a new car expecting to deal with transmission defects only months after driving it off the lot, but owners of 2015-2017 GMC Canyon or Chevrolet Colorado have found this to be exactly the case. If you are experiencing manufacturer defects on your GM vehicle, we encourage you to contact the lemon law experts at CCA today for a free consultation: (833) LEMON-LAW.

GM’s Severe Transmission Defects

Owners of 2015-2017 GMC Canyons and Chevrolet Colorados have complained that they have experienced transmission issues when downshifting or accelerating. The most commonly reported issue is “shuddering” when the truck accelerates and sudden “jerking” when downshifting gears when driving up an incline. Despite many complaints about these serious issues, there are currently no ongoing investigations regarding transmission defects for these vehicles within GM.

Recent Class Action Suit

In a 2019 class action lawsuit, McKee v. General Motors, LLC, James McKee filed a complaint that GM “designed, manufactured, marketed, distributed, sold and warranted” models of 2015-2017 GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado that were “equipped with defective 6L50 transmissions.” The defective transmissions allegedly caused the vehicles to “slip, buck, kick, jerk, and harshly engage” causing “premature internal wear… and eventually suffer a catastrophic failure.” 

Consumer complaints regarding the GL50 transmission are serious and widespread.  For example, one 2015 GMC Canyon owner complained, “Transmission and engine are not synchronized through shifting and acceleration. Engine is overloaded and shudders at low speeds when transmission does not downshift. Acceleration is very poor unless aggressive accelerator is used. Often, engine revs to 4500 to 5000 RPM but there is no acceleration until transmission catches up – dangerous situations occur.” Similarly, a 2015 Chevy Colorado owner complained, “I spent a ton of money for this truck. Seems as it does not know what gear to be in… It is by far the worst driving car / truck I have even owned.”  

If you have purchased or leased a new or used automobile that has manufacturer defects, California lemon law allows you to pursue a claim for a replacement vehicle or full refund. The attorneys at CCA are highly skilled and experienced at fighting manufacturers to ensure that your rights are being protected. If you are the owner of a vehicle and you are experiencing transmission issues that are putting your safety at risk, we invite you to contact us for a free consultation with an expert lemon law attorney at: (833) LEMON-LAW.

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Chevy Shake, Shake, SHAKE!

By Matthew Jordan

California has close to 400,000 miles of road, built for smooth cruising.  Indeed, Californians love their cars and love taking them on long, pleasurable, and smooth drives along our famous highways and byways.  However, unfortunately, some of General Motors’ (GM) recent releases have not been living up to consumers’ expectations for smooth driving.  Instead, many California car owners’ vehicles are plagued by the infamous “Chevy Shake.”  

The “Chevy Shake”

The “Chevy shake” is a disturbing vehicle defect, which results in extreme vibrations in the vehicle’s steering system, suspension, and vehicle as a whole at high speeds (65-80 mph).  Drivers describe the condition as a terrifying and uncontrollable vibration throughout the vehicle. As one 2014 GMC Sierra owner described, “I have the vibration also between 65-75mph. The passenger seat shakes like hell, the steering wheel has bad wobble.”  Similarly, the owner of a GMC Crew Cab 4×4 described the condition as, “a vibration at all speeds in the steering wheel, once reaching 70mph a seat vibration started to become really noticeable and extremely noticeable as speed increase past 70. In conjunction an audible noise inside the cab developed at 75 that sounding like a metal on metal vibration at a high frequency and the cab was much louder. Became really noticeable at 80 and beyond.”

Disturbingly, GM dealerships are unable to fix the customers’ issues.  Customers return multiple times for multiple repairs but are unable to obtain a resolution of their vehicles’ issues. For instance, one owner described, “My 2016 Z71 Crew Cab has shook from day one. Now has 9K on it. Third trip to dealer and I took service manager for a ride. He seen and felt it and stated my entire passenger side door was shaking also. Speed of 70 mph up.”  Unfortunately, many customers are told there is nothing wrong with their trucks, that they have to purchase new tires, or that GM simply doesn’t have a fix.  

A recent class-action lawsuit alleges that GM’s aluminum driveshafts are unable to withstand the pressure of highway speeds, and can deteriorate over time and eventually fail completely. These weak driveshafts create severe vibrations within the vehicle that cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles. Driveshafts are meant to carry torque from one or more components of a car to another component. For example, the back wheels of a car would not be able to rotate without a driveshaft carrying the torque that the car’s engine creates to the back of that car. The driveshaft, as one of the pivotal mechanical devices that makes a car run, is meant to be able to not just endure constant stress, but continue to perform at its highest capacity under this stress. The failure of a car’s driveshaft represents a fundamental failure for the car.

GM has allegedly been made aware of this dangerous issue with their driveshafts and continues to sell and lease the affected vehicles while suppressing information about the vibrations. To make matters worse, GM has allegedly been replacing broken aluminum driveshafts on their vehicles with the same defective driveshafts. One consumer even attempted to get repairs on three different occasions before a GM dealership told him that the vibration was “within the normal limits of road vibration.” The consumers that have replaced the aluminum driveshaft with a steel driveshaft experienced no more vibrations.

What Consumers Think

Some GMC drivers have spoken on the issue of vibration at high speeds. One said, “I was talked into buying their ridiculous extended warranty and yet they do nothing to fix the problem. This truck is a lemon,” while another said, “Nothing has been fixed. They can’t find what’s causing the issue. So now they have decided that there is nothing wrong with it. The GMC Sierra is supposed to vibrate.”

How We Can Help

If you currently drive one of the following cars, we encourage you to contact California Consumer Attorneys for a free consultation with an expert lemon law attorney:

  • 2015-2020 Cadillac Escalade
  • 2014-2019 Chevrolet Silverado
  • 2015-2020 Chevrolet Suburban
  • 2015-2020 Chevrolet Tahoe
  • 2014-2019 GMC Sierra
  • 2015-2020 GMC Yukon/Yukon XL

When you purchase a car in good faith, you deserve to receive a product that works both safely and efficiently. Our expect lemon law lawyers will make sure that you are well taken care of and fully compensated by GM.  Call us today for a free consultation: (833) LEMON-FIRM. 

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GMC/Chevrolet Braking & ESC Warning Lights

By Sepehr Daghighian

Owners of GM vehicles, including Chevrolet Silverado 1500s, GMC Sierra 1500 Pickups, and Cadillac CT6 sedans are extensively complaining of trouble with their vehicle illuminating warning lights from the vehicle’s computer systems. GM vehicle owners, for example, have complained of warning messages from the Electronic Stability Control (“ESC”) system, Anti-Lock Braking System (“ABS”), “Check Engine” lights, and other warning messages. The warning messages are often accompanied by the vehicle being placed into a different driving mode, which affects braking, steering, and other systems.  These illuminated warning signals are more than just a mere annoyance – GM has recently announced a recall of over 814,000 vehicles due to defects in the vehicle’s electronics systems.  

According to documents filed by GM with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (“NHTSA”), in “certain 2019 model year Cadillac CT6, Chevrolet Silverado 1500, and GMC Sierra 1500… a software error can, in rare cases, disable the vehicle’s

electronic stability control (ESC) and antilock brake system (ABS) systems for a single ignition cycle.”  Also, in many vehicles, the battery cable rings were contaminated with glue residue during production. As a result, the electrical connections could become loose, “which could lead to an intermittent electrical connection or arcing… An intermittent electrical connection between the B+ battery cable and the alternator could cause the vehicle to stall. The intermittent connection could also lead to arcing, which could generate sufficient heat to damage surrounding material and increase the risk of a fire.”  

The vehicles affected by these recalls include:

  • 2019 – 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Trucks;
  • 2019 – 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 Trucks; and
  • 2019 Cadillac CT6 sedans;

GM vehicle owners have complained extensively about electrical issues arising from these defects.  For instance, frustrated truck owners have complained of multiple warning sounds/lights, while driving their relatively new vehicles.  Frighteningly, GM owners have received warning of their “brake failure” indicator while driving accompanying by irregularities in the braking system.  Oftentimes, the “brake failure” light is accompanied by several other warning lights, as well. Owners have furthermore complained that, in spite of multiple visits to the dealership, GM has been unable to remedy these problems.  

Recently, in December 2019, GM issued multiple recalls to address the electronics issues arising from these vehicles.  

The lemon law attorneys at CCA are experts at handling lemon law complaints against General Motors.  If your GM vehicle has not lived up to your expectations, has spent too much time in the shop, or has scared you with an array of flashing warning lights and sounds, we invite you to contact us for a free consultation today: (833) LEMON-FIRM.