If you own or lease a Chevrolet Equinox or GMC Terrain SUV that guzzles engine oil or shows other engine problems, you may have a defective vehicle on your hands. General Motors has settled a number of class action lawsuits alleging that its Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain SUVs are equipped with faulty 2.4-L Ecotec engines that suffer premature wear and consume engine oil at an excessively high rate.
However, not all vehicles included in the initial complaints were included in the class action settlement. If you have a 2014–2017 Chevrolet Equinox or GMC Terrain with a 2.4-L Ecotec engine, you may still be able to file an individual California lemon law claim.
What’s wrong with General Motors’ Ecotec engine?
Three lawsuits filed against General Motors made similar allegations that some Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain SUVs are equipped with defective 2.4-L Ecotec engines. The lawsuits were consolidated into one claim representing owners and lessees of some Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain SUVs.
The consolidated claim alleges that the Ecotec engines have defective piston rings that wear down prematurely and cause excessive oil consumption as high as one quart for every 1,000 miles. As a result, some owners and lessees drive their vehicles without sufficient oil, causing engine damage.
The initial complaints filed against General Motors alleged that the Ecotec engines in 2010–2017 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain SUVs were defective.
General Motors settled with owners and lessees of 2010–2013 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain SUVs. As part of the settlement, General Motors offered reimbursements for certain repair costs and Special Coverage Adjustments (SCAs), which are time and mileage extensions of the vehicles’ original warranties.
Though 2014–2017 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain SUVs may also experience defects associated with the 2.4-L Ecotec engines, owners and lessees of these vehicles are not included in this settlement. As a result, owners and lessees of 2014–2017 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain SUVs may pursue individual lemon law claims.
If you reside in California, bought or leased your vehicle from a licensed California dealership with a manufacturer-backed warranty, and your vehicle experienced recurring problems, you may be able to pursue a California lemon law claim.
The California Lemon Law states that your vehicle is considered defective if there is a defect that affects the vehicle’s use, safety or value, and that an authorized dealership or repair facility cannot fix the recurring problems with a reasonable number of attempts within the warranty period. The number considered “reasonable” is determined on a case-by-case basis.
California residents whose vehicles are found to be defective can get cash compensation, a vehicle replacement or a lemon law buyback from their auto manufacturers. By pursuing an individual claim, you may receive a bigger remedy from an automaker than if you pursue a class action case.
How can Knight Law Group’s lemon law attorneys help me?
If your 2014–2017 Chevrolet Equinox or GMC Terrain SUV experiences defects related to its Ecotec engine, our California lemon law attorneys may help you get you the legal remedy you deserve.
No one should have to navigate the lemon law process alone. Knight Law Group has helped thousands of California consumers exercise their lemon law rights. We offer free consultations over the phone in as little as five minutes. Should we take on your case, our lemon law attorneys may answer any questions you may have on your case and help you get cash compensation, a vehicle replacement or a lemon law buyback.
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