GM Cracked Dashboard Class Action Lawsuit
QC Apr 13, 2015 [en]
U.S. Class Action Complaint
CONSUMER LAW GROUP is investigating a Canada-wide class action lawsuit against General Motors for current and former owners or lessees of GMT900 truck platform series vehicles manufactured after July 2009 (which incorporate models years 2009-2014 of the Chevrolet Silverado series, GMC Sierra series, Chevrolet Tahoe series, GMC Yukon series, Cadillac Escalade series, Chevrolet Suburban series and Chevrolet Avalanche series) [collectively, the "GM Vehicles"].
The class action is based on the allegations that GM vehicles are systematically manufactured and designed in a manner that makes them prone to crack. These are not the type of cosmetic blemishes that may be caused by a car left in the sun for many years. Instead, these cracks are deeper, more substantial, occur to vehicles stored in all manners and in all environments, occur during a shorter time period, and occur with a relatively uniform location and presentation. In short, the dashboards are defective in that they are certain to exhibit a large, discernible crack to the dashboard panel ("Cracked Dashboard" or the "Cracked Dashboard Problem").
The Cracked Dashboard Problem at issue most commonly presents in two areas of the dashboard: at the steering column cowling and passenger airbag areas.
The cracking around the airbag is particularly troubling as it could interfere with the deployment of passenger airbag. The dash is more likely to splinter in unplanned and potentially dangerous directions during deployment of the airbag. As a result of the Cracked Dashboard Problem, the dashboard portion is more susceptible to shattering, which creates the potential for bodily harm from shrapnel during impact. Thus, the general public were and are subject to substantial safety risks resulting from the Cracked Dashboard.
It is alleged that GM has long known of the Cracked Dashboard Problem. It is a known defect among GM servicers and dealerships, though no recall has been implemented by GM, despite the safety risk. Nonetheless, GM kept selling vehicles containing dashboards with the same basic manufacture and design and chose to conceal the defect and let purchasers and lessees suffer repair costs and reduction in value of their vehicles. The cost of repairing a cracked dashboard in the GM Vehicles, including parts and labor, can range from $100 to $2,000 out of pocket for consumers.
If you or someone you know is or was an owner or lessee of a GMT900 truck platform series vehicle (as listed above) anywhere in Canada and you wish more information on potential compensation or to be kept advised of the status of the GM Cracked Dashboard Class Action litigation or any resulting compensation from this lawsuit in Canada, Quebec, or Ontario, please provide your contact information to our law firm using the form below.
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