General Motors Co. has been sued by a Pennsylvania woman seeking to force the U.S. automaker to fix rear-end problems on more than 400,000 Chevrolet Impala vehicles for 2007 and 2008 model years. In 2008, GM told dealers to replace the rear-wheel spindle rods on Impala cars used by police because the issue could cause the tires to wear out. In the lawsuit, the Plaintiff seeks class-action status and contends that GM should also repair cars sold to consumers because many contain the same problem. Plaintiff has charged GM with breach of warranty and asked the court to compel the automaker the repair or replace the rear spindle rods. Plaintiff has alleged that there are no relevant material differences between police vehicles and class members’ vehicles relating to the defective spindle rods. GM built about 24,000 police versions of the Impala in the 2007 and 2008 model years. According to the lawsuit, 423,000 Impala cars were sold over the two-year period. GM has confirmed that it sent a dealer notice regarding the rear suspension issue.
Donna Trusky, the Plaintiff in the lawsuit, has alleged that she bought an Impala in February 2008, but after 6,000 miles, the tread on the car’s rear tires were so worn that their use was “questionable.” A dealer paid for new rear tires and provided a front-end alignment, but did not mention the potential problem with the rear spindle rods, according to allegations in the lawsuit. In November 2010, with a little over 24,000 miles on the car, Ms. Trusky replaced the rear tires again for about $290.
It was alleged that GM “concealed the existence of the defect from class members, even those who presented their vehicles for repair of the defect.” Complaints about the issue have been filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as well as on a number of auto websites, including www.edmunds.com.
Source: Insurance Journal
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