If your GMC with repeated problems that won’t go away, then GMC, 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 GMC. 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 GMC vehicles are not all the same. However, many GMC vehicles may have similar problems.
Top 8 GMC Issues
Auto manufacturers will sometimes release faulty cars, trucks and other vehicles to the public. GMC is no exception. Owners of GMC 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 GMC 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 Lemon Law Protect My GMC?
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.” Monetary compensation 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 GMC is a lemon, don’t hesitate. GMC, like other auto manufacturers, has a track record of misconduct against consumers. You just might be one of them.
GMC, Consumer Rights and Lemon Law
General Motors’ most notorious case of misconduct involved the installation of defective ignition switches, which caused engines to shut off and disable safety mechanisms such as brakes and airbags. The defect caused more than 100 deaths. General Motors allegedly knew about the recall for at least ten years by the time it recalled over 30 million affected vehicles globally in 2014. Several lawsuits were filed against General Motors for the defective ignition switches that same year. Those lawsuits, which were consolidated into multi-district litigation against the company, have only reached settlement in 2020.
Aside from its infamous ignition switch case, General Motors has been known to produce defective engines and transmissions in some GMC vehicles. Multiple lawsuits were filed against General Motors for installing defective 8-speed and 6-speed transmissions into some GMC vehicles, causing them to shake, jerk, shudder, hesitate, engage hard and show difficulty stopping. Affected GMC models include 2015–2019 Canyon, Sierra, Yukon, Yukon XL and Yukon Denali XL vehicles.
Another lawsuit, which General Motors settled for more than $40 million, alleged that the automaker installed defective Ecotec engines that caused high oil consumption in some vehicles. Affected GMC models include 2010–2013 GMC Terrain vehicles.
Some GMC diesel vehicles have landed in legal hot water for their CP4 fuel injection pumps, which allegedly run dry and destroy themselves due to incompatibility with American diesel fuel. When these pumps self-destruct, the vehicles can fail without warning. Affected GMC models include 2010–2011 Sierra, 2010–2011 Savana, 2011–2016 Sierra 2500HD and 2011–2016 Sierra 3500HD vehicles.
Diesel lineups have also been targeted in consumer lawsuits for pollution. The “Duramax Diesel Litigation,” which launched against General Motors in 2017, alleges that GM had installed cheating software that enabled its 2011–2016 GMC Sierra 2500 HD and 3500 HD trucks to cheat federal and state emissions tests. The lawsuit claims that some 705,000 GM diesel trucks on the road are polluting several times the legal limit of toxic pollutants.
Our Experience Against GMC Makes The Difference
If your GMC 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.