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Transmission Class Action regarding 2015-2019 Cadillac, Canyons and Camaro

There is a new class action developing for owners of the

  1. 2015-2019 Chevrolet Silverado

  2. 2017-2019 Chevrolet Colorado

  3. 2015-2019 Chevrolet Corvette

  4. 2016-2019 Chevrolet Camaro

  5. 2015-2019 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV

  6. 2016-2019 Cadillac ATS, ATS-V, CTS, CT6, and CTS-V

  7. 2015-2019 GMC Sierra, Yukon, and Yukon XL, and Yukon Denali XL

  8. 2017-2019 GMC Canyon

The transmission complaints revolve around hesitations, shakes, shudders, jerks, clunking and hard shifts that occur due to the design of the GM 8L90 and GM 8L45 transmissions. The class action goes on to suggest that the transmission defect is a safety issue and can also cost consumers extra money in repairs.

All this coupled with the fact that GM cut their power train warranties from 5 years and 100,000 miles to 5 years and 60,000 miles (which ever comes first) can definitely add up to more frustrated consumers who purchased these vehicles

A copy of the class action complaint, filed on 12/18/2018, can be accessed here. The name of it is Duffy v. General Motors, LLC

If you’ve taken your Silverado, Colorado, Corvette, Camaro, Escalade, Sierra or Canyon to a dealership for issues above, from transmission issues to any other warranty concern, we can help you…. AT NO COST TO YOU!  Valero Law, APC is a California consumer protection firm dedicated to protecting the lemon law rights of California consumers and ALL cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning if there is no recovery, there is absolutely no fee to you!  Feel free to call at 424-299-4447 for a free case evaluation!

Government NHTSA begins to look into GM Brake Failures

A few months ago, I wrote about the class action Harris v. GM (filed by a different firm), which revolves around brake booster and brake vacuum pump failure in several newer, SUV GM vehicles. Now, finally, after enough complaints were made, NHTSA has now opened an investigation into GM and those vehicles. This investigation includes more than 2.7 million vehicles after the government received 111 complaints about hard brake pedals in Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC models.

The models covered are:

  • 2014 -2016 Cadillac Escalade

  • 2014-2016 Cadillac Escalade ESV

  • 2014 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

  • 2014-2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

  • 2014-2016 Chevrolet Suburban

  • 2014-2016 Chevrolet Tahoe

  • 2014-2016 Chevrolet Tahoe Police Pursuit

  • 2014-2015 GMC Denali

  • 2014-2016 GMC Sierra 1500

  • 2014-2016 GMC Sierra Denali

  • 2014-2016 GMC Yukon

  • 2015-2016 GMC Yukon Denali

  • 2014-2016 GMC Yukon Denali XL

  • 2014-2016  GMC Yukon XL

From NHTSA’s webpage:

Brake Vacuum Pump Failure

NHTSA Action Number: PE18012

Components SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC, SERVICE BRAKES

Opened From: November 20, 2018–Present

Summary

The Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has received 111 reports of hard brake pedal effort accompanied by extended stopping distance in model years (MY) 2014 to 2016 General Motors (GM) light trucks based on the K2XX platform, 1500 series Pickup Trucks and Sport Utility Vehicles (Silverado, Sierra, Suburban, Yukon, Tahoe, Escalade). These conditions are attributed to deterioration of the engine-driven brake assist vacuum pump. Nine of these incidents included vehicles incurring damage as a result colliding with another vehicle or fixed object at low speeds.

The brake assist vacuum pump is driven by an accessory belt on the engine and serves as the source of power brake vacuum in the subject vehicles. Over time, the pump's capacity to generate vacuum may deteriorate. The subject vehicles receive supplemental hydraulic brake assist from the ABS system, albeit at lower levels than the vacuum-powered primary system. If the brake assist vacuum pump fails to operate as intended, the amount of brake power assist supplied to the driver can be significantly reduced, extending the subject vehicle stopping distance.

A Preliminary Evaluation has been opened to assess the scope, frequency, circumstances, and safety consequences of the alleged defect.

The website can be found here.

If you're in California and you’ve taken your 2014-2017 GM vehicle to a dealership for issues above, from brake failure, brake booster failure or any warranty condition, we can help you…. AT NO COST TO YOU! Valero Law, APC is a California consumer protection firm dedicated to protecting the lemon law rights of California consumers and ALL cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning if there is no recovery, there is absolutely no fee to you!


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GM recalls more than 240K vehicles to fix rear brake problem

GM is recalling more than 240,000 vehicles to fix a latent brake issue.

GM says the rear brake caliper pistons can contain trapped hydrogen gas that could make the brakes feel soft and increase the risk of a crash. GM says it's not aware of any crashes.

Dealers will bleed the brakes to remove gas. Once the gas is out GM says the problem won't happen again.

GM is preparing to notify owners, but those with concerns can call dealers and schedule repairs now.

The affected vehicles are:

  • 2018 Chevrolet Cruze

  • 2018-2019 Chevrolet Equinox

  • 2018-2019 GMC Terrain

  • 2018-2019 Chevrolet Impala

  • 2018 Chevrolet Malibu

  • 2018-2019 Chevrolet Volt

  • 2018-2019 Buick Regal

  • 2018-2019 Buick LaCrosse

  • 2018-2019 Cadillac XTS

  • 2018-2019 Chevrolet Bolt

Or, in GM’s own words in a notice to NHTSA:

Describe the defect or noncompliance: General Motors has decided that a defect which relates to motor vehicle safety exists in certain 2018–2019 model year GMC Terrain vehicles; 2018 model year Chevrolet Malibu vehicles; 2018–2019 model year Chevrolet Cruze, Equinox, Volt, Impala, and Bolt vehicles; 2018–2019 model year Buick Lacrosse and Regal vehicles; and 2018–2019 model year Cadillac XTS vehicles. In a small number of these vehicles, the rear-brake caliper pistons may contain trapped hydrogen gas that could be released into the vehicle’s brake system.

Describe the cause: The manufacturer of the brake pistons failed to properly chrome and temper the brake pistons during the manufacturing process. In this condition, hydrogen gas can remain trapped in the piston body. When the vehicle is assembled and a piston that contains trapped gas contacts brake fluid, this gas can be released into the vehicle’s brake system.

Describe the safety risk: If gas is present in the brake system, rear-brake performance may be reduced, increasing the risk of a crash. Identify any warning which can precede or occur: If gas is present in the brake system, the customer will notice a soft or spongy feel when applying the brake pedal even though stopping distances may not be affected. According to GM’s supplier, all trapped gas in a defective piston should be released within 23 days of vehicle assembly and will be noticeable to the driver within 15 days of assembly.

If you're in California and you’ve taken your GM vehicle to a dealership for any issue, ranging from brake issues, steering issues, transmission stalling, transmission failure, overheating, or any other warranty concern, we can help you…. AT NO COST TO YOU! Valero Law, APC is a California consumer protection firm dedicated to protecting the lemon law rights of California consumers and ALL cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning if there is no recovery, there is absolutely no fee to you! Feel free to call at 424-299-4447 for a free case evaluation!

2018 GM Fuel Pump Recall

GM is recalling approximately 850 Buick, Cadillac, Chevy and GMC vehicles at risk of leaking fuel and causing fires.  They are the:

  • 2018 Buick LaCrosse
  • 2018 Cadillac ATS
  • 2018 Chevrolet Equinox
  • 2018 Chevrolet Malibu
  • 2018 Chevrolet Colorado
  • 2018 GMC Terrain
  • 2018 GMC Acadia
  • 2018 GMC Canyon

GM says the joint that connects the fuel pump’s outer housing to the pump’s flange may not have been properly welded by the supplier. Over time, the weld could crack and cause a separation of the high-pressure fuel pump from the flange, allowing the pump to oscillate inside the engine compartment.

The automaker says the movement of the pump is what could potentially damage the high-pressure fuel line and cause fuel to leak. Any gas that makes contact with an ignition source can easily start a fire.

General Motors says it doesn't have a clue as to when the recall will begin, but dealers will need to replace the fuel pumps and fuel lines.

Customers with questions or concerns should call Buick at 800-521-7300, Cadillac at 800-458-8006, Chevrolet at 800-222-1020 or GMC at 800-462-8782.

 

General Motors Brakes Class Action - Harris v. General Motors, LLC

A class action lawsuit was filed on October 23, 2017 in a Texas court alleging that General Motors vehicles have brake booster problems that necessitate the replacements of the boosters and master cylinders.

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Texarkana Division - John J. Harris, et. al., v. General Motors Company (5:2017cv00180). Class counsel is Wyly and Rommel and can be reached here: https://www.wylyrommel.com/

The proposed GM brake failure class-action lawsuit includes all former and current owners and lessees of the following vehicles:

  • 2015-2016 Cadillac Escalade

  • 2014-2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

  • 2015-2016 Chevrolet Suburban

  • 2015-2106 Chevrolet Tahoe

  • 2014-2016 GMC Sierra 1500

  • 2015-2016 GMC Yukon

The lawsuit alleges GM's strategy is to engage in deception upon customers, while even technical service bulletins allegedly contain false and deceptive information about fixing the defects because the repairs do not fix the vehicles and the statements are designed to mislead dealers and vehicle owners.

According to the lawsuit, GM issued a series of service bulletins to dealers regarding the brake problems.  

If you’re in California and you own a Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Sierra or GMC Yukon and have experienced any issues related to premature brake wear or any other concern that was covered under the manufacturer's warranty, please contact us immediately at 424-299-4447 for a free consultation for information regarding your vehicle and a potential lemon law claim!