If your Chevrolet has repeated problems that won’t go away, then Chevrolet, a division of General Motors, may have sold you a lemon.
Knight Law Group can help. We can answer any questions you have about your potentially defective Chevrolet. If you decide to go forward with a lemon law case, we can offer free legal representation and help you get cash compensation, a vehicle replacement or a lemon law buyback under the California Lemon Law. Lemon law cases for Chevrolet vehicles are not all the same. However, many Chevrolet vehicles may have similar problems.
Top 8 Chevrolet Issues
Auto manufacturers will sometimes release faulty cars, trucks and other vehicles to the public. Chevrolet is no exception. Owners of Chevrolet vehicles should look out for the following signs:
- ◦ Excessive Oil Consumption
- ◦ Sudden Jerking While Driving
- ◦ Transmission Failure
- ◦ Check Engine Light Turns On
- ◦ Hard Up and Down Shifting
- ◦ Fluid Leaks: Motor Oil, Steering Oil, Coolant Fluid, Transmission Fluid
- ◦ Sudden Deceleration
- ◦ Vehicle Stalls While Driving
If these symptoms or any other vehicle problems repeatedly appear, your Chevrolet may be a lemon. Learn more about what the lemon law can do for you. If you want to seek legal remedies from your auto manufacturer, consult an attorney to discuss your lemon law rights.
How Does The Lemon Law Protect My Chevrolet?
Your faulty vehicle may qualify as a “lemon” under the California Lemon Law if it has repeated problems that won’t disappear after a reasonable number of repair attempts.
The California Lemon Law considers vehicle problems to be defects if they negatively impact the vehicles’ use, safety or value. It does not set a number that is considered “reasonable.”
If you’d like to know whether you have had a reasonable number of repair attempts, consult with our lemon law attorneys about your case.
Under the California Lemon Law, consumers are eligible for three possible remedies: cash compensation, a replacement vehicle, or a full refund for their vehicle, minus an amount called the “mileage offset.” Money paid to consumers usually includes attorneys’ fees and costs.
The statute of limitations is four years from when you first discover a potential defect in your vehicle. If you think your Chevrolet is a lemon, don’t hesitate. Chevrolet, like other auto manufacturers, has a track record of misconduct against consumers. You just might be one of them.
Chevy Shakes and Legal Scandals
The most prominent case of Chevrolet’s misconduct to date has been the “Chevy Shake,” a phenomenon in which some Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac vehicles shake violently. Multiple class action lawsuits were filed against General Motors for this, each attributing the shaking to different causes. The “Chevy Shake” allegedly stemmed from defective 8-speed transmissions, according to one lawsuit. However, another suit alleged that the shaking stemmed from defective aluminum drive shafts.
Chevrolet models included in one or more “Chevy Shake” lawsuits include the following:
- ◦ 2016–2019 Camaro
- ◦ 2017–2019 Colorado
- ◦ 2015–2019 Corvette
- ◦ 2014–2019 Silverado
- ◦ 2015–2020 Suburban
- ◦ 2015–2020 Tahoe
Chevrolet has also allegedly released vehicles with defective engines. According to a lawsuit that General Motors settled for at least $40 million, 2010–2013 Chevrolet Equinox vehicles have been equipped with defective Ecotec engines that cause high oil consumption.
Chevrolet’s diesel vehicles landed in legal hot water in 2020. A class action lawsuit filed against General Motors alleged that Bosch-supplied fuel injection pumps were designed for European diesel, and as a result, malfunction in vehicles that run on American diesel. These pumps, known as CP4 pumps, allegedly run dry and destroy themselves if given American diesel for too long. Affected Chevrolet models include the 2011–2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD, 2011–2016 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD and 2010–2011 Chevrolet Express vehicles.
A separate lawsuit targeting Chevrolet’s diesel vehicles alleges that General Motors conspired with Bosch to equip 2011–2016 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD and 3500 HD trucks and other GM vehicles with cheating software that allowed the polluting trucks to pass federal and state emissions tests. The Duramax Diesel Litigation, which started in 2017, alleges that some 705,000 GM diesel vehicles on the road are emitting several times the legal limit of pollutants and toxic gases such as nitrogen oxide (NOx).
The most prominent case of misconduct on the part of Chevrolet’s parent company was the defective ignition switch scandal linked to several lawsuits and the deaths of more than 100 consumers. The ignition switches in some General Motors vehicles, particularly the Chevrolet Cobalt, were known to shut off engines and disable air bags and brakes. General Motors recalled over 30 million vehicles globally in 2014, the same year that several lawsuits were filed against the automaker. According to those lawsuits, which were consolidated into multidistrict litigation that only reached settlement in 2020, General Motors had known about the potentially fatal defect for at least 10 years prior to the recall.
Our Experience Against Chevrolet Makes The Difference
If your Chevrolet has a recurring defect that the dealership could not fix, contact us to learn more about your lemon law rights. Knight Law Group has represented thousands of clients in cases against major automakers and obtained large settlements. Our services come at no charge to you. We only get paid if you win.