Chevrolet promises California drivers quality performance and a smooth ride. Unfortunately, owners and lessees of a variety of Chevy makes and models have lodged countless complaints over the years regarding a wide range of defects. The once iconic automaker has also issued a number of recalls and technical service bulletins.
If your Chevrolet has been in for repeated repair attempts that have not been resolved, you may have a lemon on your hands. That’s the time to call CAA — The Lemon Firm. Our dedicated consumer advocates know how to fight back against big automakers and will work to enforce your rights under the California lemon law.
When you consult with us, we will explain all your rights and explore all your legal options. While lemon law claims are frequently settled through an arbitration process, our trial lawyers are also prepared to seek civil damages in a court of law. Above all, we will leverage our skills and resources to help you obtain the maximum compensation you deserve. We offer free consultations and you will not pay any attorneys’ fees to us until we win your lemon law claim.
Common Chevrolet Defects
Manufactured by General Motors (GM), Chevrolet features models such as the Corvette, Camaro, Cruze, Impala, Tahoe, Suburban, Traverse, Silverado and Volt. These popular sports cars, sedans and SUVs are prone to all types of defects, such as:
- Airbag problems
- Engine oil leaks
- Vibration problems
- Excessive wind noise from the roof
- Clunking noises from engines
- Hesitation when shifting
- Transmission slipping
- Power steering failure
- Navigation system failure
- Inoperable air conditioners
- Peeling Paint
- Rough idling
To have a viable lemon law claim, the defect must affect the performance, safety, and/or value of the vehicle. Generally, Chevrolet must have made two or more attempts to make the needed repairs: safety defects are allowed two repair attempts while other defects must generally be repaired in four attempts. Finally, a vehicle that has been out of service for 30 days or more due to unrepaired defects is also considered a lemon under state law.
Chevrolet Silverado Vibration Problems
Silverado drivers in California have frequently reported that the full-size pickups begin vibrating when traveling at speeds over 45 miles per hour, which may cause drivers and passengers headaches, general discomfort and vertigo. While Chevrolet attributes the problem to the size of the cabin, support bars in the roof, and tire defects, repair attempts have not always been successful.
In addition to the ongoing vibration issue, Chevrolet continues to issue recalls:
- In February 2020, GM issued a recall of 148,055 model year 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks due to a problem arising from a software update in a previous recall. A defect in the My Brand App caused warning lights for the antilock brake system (ABS), brakes, and electronic stability control system (ESC) to illuminate. Drivers might not have been aware that these systems were not functioning. The automaker instructed dealers to install updated software.
- In December 2019, GM announced the recall of certain model year 2019-2020 Chevy Silverados due to stalling and arcing problems between the battery and alternator that could lead to auto fires. Dealers were instructed to inspect the cable connecting the alternator and the battery and replace any damaged components.
- In September 2019, GM recalled certain model year 2014-2018 Chevrolet Silverado pickup trucks due to defective pumps in the power-assist brakes, which reduced vacuum power, increasing the stopping distance and the risk of a car accident. Dealers were instructed to recalibrate the electronic brake control module as needed.
While GM has an obligation to handle recalls promptly and expediently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has also mandated recalls, particularly for safety defects. At the same time, the automaker also has a duty to honor the terms of its warranties.
If your Chevrolet has experienced repeated defects while under the manufacturer’s warranty, CAA – The Lemon Firm can help you obtain significant compensation, including a replacement vehicle or a refund of the purchase price (minus mileage usage).
If GM or the dealer willfully violated provisions of the Song Beverly Consumer Warranty Act (the state’s lemon law), you may also be able to recover civil damages of up to two times the vehicle’s purchase price. The California lemon law also allows you to recover attorneys’ fees and costs, which means you will not have any out-of-pocket legal costs.
Contact Our Experienced California Chevrolet Lemon Law Attorneys
CAA – The Lemon Firm is the informed choice in California lemon law. If your Chevy has been in for repeated repairs that the dealer cannot or refuses to fix, we can help. We have a proven track record of pursuing successful lemon law claims against all the big automakers. Our legal team will work strategically to help you obtain the compensation you deserve, inside or outside of the courtroom.
While California has some of the strongest consumer protections in the nation, it takes a skilled lemon law attorney to assert your rights. When you become our client, you will have confidence, knowing that our dedicated consumer advocates are on your side. Please contact our office today to set up a free consultation.