Lawsuit accuses GM of selling hyped, co-called ‘track-proven’ hotrod with cooling system defect that throttles high speeds
A federal judge gave a nod to several state consumer-rights claims pertaining to warranty and fraud in a class-action lawsuit filed against General Motors regarding its Corvette Z06 vehicles that attorneys say were knowingly sold with a defective cooling system that causes the engine to overheat unexpectedly and makes the car unsuitable for track use, despite the automaker’s promises of a track-proven racecar, according to Hagens Berman.
Law firms Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen, the Miller Law Firm, and Schuler Halvorsen Weisser Zoller Overbeck also represent the vehicle owners who say that GM sold more than 30,000 affected Corvette Z06 cars that it knew were defective.
Judge Victoria A. Robert issued the order Mar. 29, 2019 upholding the rights of plaintiffs under various state laws in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington.
The 70 remaining claims fall into two major categories: warranty claims and fraud claims.
If you own or lease a 2015-2017 Corvette Z06, you may be entitled to compensation for this defect that inhibits your car’s performance. Contact Hagens Berman to find out more about this issue and your consumer rights against GM.
“We look forward to continuing to represent the classes of consumers in this case and fighting for their rights against General Motors,” said Steve Berman, managing partner of Hagens Berman.
“We believe those who purchased the affected Corvette Z06 so-called ‘track cars’ were severely shortchanged and GM owes them answers after failing to live up to deliver on the racecar hype it created.”
The defect at the center of the lawsuit manifests after less than 15 minutes of track driving, when affected Corvette Z06 models overheat and causes the car to enter limp mode due to a defective cooling system.
When the vehicle enters limp mode its power and speed are “drastically reduced,” creating an incredibly dangerous situation when surrounded by other speeding cars, the lawsuit says
Owners report they have experienced limp mode also while on public roadways.
“Accepting as true Plaintiffs’ allegations, the Court finds that Plaintiffs plausibly allege their cars are not fit for the ordinary purpose of providing safe and reliable transportation on public roads and safe and reliable use on race tracks,” the order states.
Judge Robert upheld fraudulent concealment claims, stating,
“In fact, accepting as true Plaintiffs’ allegations regarding the frequency in which the Z06 overheats and enters Limp Mode when used on the track, and in light of how rigorously [Corvette’s chief engineer, Tadge] Juechter says GM track-tests the car, it would be implausible to infer that GM was not aware of the car’s alleged defective cooling system as a result of its testing.
” Judge Robert also upheld claims that GM had a duty to disclose the defect and likely had knowledge prior to sale.
The lawsuit seeks monetary damages as well as injunctive relief for GM’s misconduct related to the design, manufacture, marketing, sale and lease of affected vehicles.
Lawyers suing GM Claims:
• 2015 - 2017 Chevy Corvette Z06
According to Hagens Berman's investigation into consumers' reports, Chevrolet has sold its model year 2015-2017 Corvette Z06 cars as track cars built to sustain high speeds, but Chevy failed to tell purchasers about the vehicle's lack of transmission and differential coolers, which can greatly diminish the track capabilities that consumers seek when they purchase the Z06.
Corvette Z06 owners have reported this causes the car to overheat and enter limp mode, while in use, even when the car is not being tracked.
If you own an affected Chevy Corvette Z06 and have experienced overheating and limp mode, fill out the form to find out your consumer rights to compensation.
Corvette Z06 LIMP MODE Explained
The Corvette Z06 reportedly enters limp mode, causing the car to fail to maintain desired speeds.
Limp mode is a safety system designed to protect the engine from being damaged during extremely hot temperatures.
Once limp mode engages, the engine will only run at very low RPMs and will be barely able to move.
Corvette owners report affected cars entering limp mode when in regular use.
Owners have also reported that despite Chevy's promise to consumers that the Z06 was "conceived on the track and engineered alongside the C7.R race car," the vehicle is reportedly prone to overheating when driven at high speeds.
Owners have cited Chevy's ads and promotion of the Corvette Z06 as a track car, but consumers were never warned that their vehicles would quickly overheat when tracked or driven at sustained high speeds.
Your consumer rights
Hagens Berman believes that consumers have the right to reimbursement for the premium price they paid for what they thought was a car capable of reaching and sustaining high speeds without failure.
Nowhere does Chevy divulge these vehicles' failure to maintain high speeds to consumers.
According to the firm's investigation, Chevy knew about the limp mode defect present in Corvette Z06 models and continued to market these vehicles extensively as fully functional, charging consumers high prices for vehicles that in no way uphold its promises.