#4723 - 04/14/2009:30 AMClass action lawsuit against GM as to C7 Wheel Defects
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Class Action Lawsuit Filed On Behalf of All Persons in the United States Who Purchased or Leased Any Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (2015-Present) or Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Vehicle (2017-Present) – Kehoe Law Firm, P.C. Investigating Consumer Claims on Behalf of Vehicle Owners and Lessees
Kehoe Law Firm, P.C. is making consumers aware that a class action lawsuit was filed on March 31, 2020 against General Motors LLC in United States District Court, Northern District of California, on behalf of all persons in the United States who purchased or leased any Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (2015 to present) or Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport (2017 to present) vehicle designed, manufactured, marketed, distributed, sold, warranted, and/or serviced by General Motors LLC (“GM”).
According to the class action complaint:
The vehicles are equipped with wheels (a.k.a., rims) that are prone to bending and cracking, necessitating costly repairs and replacements. In addition, cracked rims can cause puncture the tires, causing air leaks and tire blowouts (collectively, the “Rim Defect.”)
On information and belief, the Rim Defect occurs because Chevrolet in designing and/or manufacturing these specific vehicles, which are sub-models of the Corvette line, used rims that are of a cheaper cast material, rather than forged.
They also used less material than necessary in order to try to save unsprung weight (i.e., weight that is not borne by the cars’ suspension). As a result, the rims are not strong enough and crack under normal driving conditions. [Emphasis added.]
Additionally, the complaint alleges:
Despite access to aggravate internal data, GM has actively concealed the existence of the defect, telling customers in online forums that the wheels are not defective and that the cracked wheels are caused by potholes.
GM sells the Class Vehicles with a 3-year, 36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. However, when class members bring their vehicles to GM’s authorized dealerships requesting coverage for the Rim Defect, GM is systematically denying coverage. As a result, Class Members are paying thousands of dollars out-of-pocket to repair and replace the wheels.
The Rim Defect is material because it poses a serious safety concern. Cracked rims can cause the tire to fail and explode while driving, leading to a sudden loss of control at speed and a potential collision.
The Rim Defect is also a material fact because consumers incur significant and unexpected repair costs. GM’s failure to disclose material facts regarding the Rim Defect at the time of purchase is material because no reasonable consumer expects to spend hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars to repair or replace defective rims.
Had GM disclosed the Rim Defect, Plaintiff and Class Members would not have purchased the Class Vehicles, would have paid less for them. [Emphasis added.]
U.S. purchasers or lessees of any Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (2015-Present) or Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport vehicle (2017-Present) designed, manufactured, marketed, distributed, sold, warranted, and/or serviced by General Motors LLC are encouraged to contact Kehoe Law Firm, P.C. to discuss potential legal claims.