Jury Hits GM With $102.6 Million Verdict For Hiding Engine Defects From Consumers
A federal jury in San Francisco last week determined that GM concealed engine stalling defects in thousands of trucks and SUVs. The plaintiff class members alleged that the Generation IV Vortec 5300 LC9 engine installed in the certain GM trucks and SUVs in model years 2011 through 2014 were damaged when the engines consumed excessive oil and leaked oil to various areas of the engine. GM’s initial “fix” was to clean the engine pistons, but that repair attempt was unsuccessful.
Despite knowing the repair procedure did not work, GM continued selling trucks and SUVs with the defective engine to consumers. Ultimately the company discontinued the engine when it was unable to redesign it without the defect. The approximate 38,000 class members in Idaho, California and North Carolina will each receive $2,700. Under the California consumers may recover up to three times the sale price when their trucks or SUV’s qualify as a lemon.
If you have received a notice of a class action and are wondering whether to opt in or out or if you have an engine problem with your Chevy, Buick, GMC or Cadillac then contact The Beck Law Office for a free consultation.