A group of Corvette drivers has filed a proposed class action against General Motors (GM) in a California federal court. It’s alleged that model years 2006 to 2014 have excessive valve guide wear that leads to engine failure and repairs. It’s said that the company is well aware of the problems. The complaint includes claims by 19 owners and lessees of the affected models that allege violations of the RICO Act, unjust enrichment, negligence and fraud. The Corvette drivers claim that GM broadly advertised the 7.0 liter V8 engine – used in the Chevrolet Corvette 427 and Chevrolet Corvette Z06 cars from 2006 through 2014 – as high quality and durable, but that defects in the design and manufacture of the engine make it prone to mechanical failure. Thus far there has been no recall of the vehicles.
The Plaintiffs say they have incurred significant expenses for inspection and repairs of the cars, according to the complaint. It’s alleged that even cars with extremely low mileage have shown a high degree of wear. It’s stated in the complaint that an investigation technique known as the “wiggle method” is being utilized. Using this test, a high proportion of owners or lessees of the affected cars had “out of specification valve guides.” The drivers allege:
When GM determined that its adopted test would lead to more repair and investigations than it wished to perform, the test was summarily rejected. In dealing with multiple complaints concerning the subject engine in the class vehicles, GM acted, at all times, to deflect criticisms, defer investigations and repairs, and minimized the extent of the problems.
The drivers said GM still hasn’t come up with a solution to the alleged problem and, based on reports that our lawyers have seen, it’s a correct statement.
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