GM Knowingly Put Fuel-Hungry, Defective Engines In Their Select Offerings – Class Action
A recently filed class action lawsuit is alleging that General Motors has released many flawed vehicle models that contained an engine that eats up a lot of oil when used.
General Motors’ Sneaky Move
A group of complainants have sued General Motors or simply GM in court for allegations that the car manufacturer has allowed the use of a potentially defective Vortec engine in some of its cars amidst the fact that they allegedly knew of its behavior of consuming too much oil.
Plaintiffs Lyndon Adamson, Rey Cruz, Jared Hammond, and Steven Newberry contended that GM still chose to utilize their Vortec engine type on several year models under their Chevy and GMC offerings for years, although they have prior knowledge of its voracious appetite for fuel.
The group of plaintiffs speculated that the company’s Vortec engine has a broken piston ring that fails in holding up the fuel supply located in the engine’s crankcase. Additionally, they said that the company’s installed Active Fuel Management System feature exacerbated the issue even more by pushing the engine to consume more fuel.
GM supposedly has a specialized oil levels monitoring system built-in on the affected vehicle models, but they failed to warn drivers of the actual fuel amount the car still has until they are at very low levels.
Several Cars Affected
The quartet of class action plaintiffs listed down the possible vehicle models that were installed with the defective Vortec engine. They belong to GM’s two major lineups: their GMC and Chevrolet offerings. They are as follow:
- GMC Sierra,
- GMC Yukon,
- GMC Yukon XL,
- Chevrolet Tahoe,
- Chevrolet Suburban,
- Chevrolet Silverado, and
- Chevrolet Avalanche.
They believed that the aforementioned models released between the years 2011 and 2014 have the fuel-hungry Vortec engine. The said issue causes a series of concerns to a car driver, including possible inside engine damage, extremely low oil supply, and insufficient engine lubrication.
The GM Vortec Engine Oil Consumption Class Action Lawsuit is seeking to form and represent a Class consisting of members who bought or leased any of GM’s GMC and Chevrolet models that were manufactured and released from 2011 to 2014 and possessed the allegedly oil-hungry and flawed Vortec engine.
Adamson, along with his colleagues, is asking the court to order GM to stand up and own up to their actions that ended up inflicting hurt and damage upon their customers.
GM is no stranger to class action lawsuits and legal challenges thrown in their direction. In fact, the car company is facing a similar yet separate class action lawsuit concerning the same Vortec engine issue in which residents from different states argued that their GM cars consume too much oil.
Previous Vortec Engine Oil Burning Class Lawsuit:
General Motors, an American multinational corporation, was charged with a class action lawsuit over their alleged defect in Vortec car engines.
The lead plaintiff, Roger Heater, filed the class action lawsuit against General Motors. He asserts that General Motors has continued sales of Vortec despite their knowledge of its faulty engines.
The Vortec branded engines are being questioned because plaintiffs claim that it burns too much oil. In addition to this, plaintiffs also alleged that the faulty system causes engine failures and misfires.
Roger Heater, declares that he purchased a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado that contains a Vortec engine. He believed that the Vortec engine’s design was a failure. According to the lawsuit he has filed, the said engine’s piston rings did not secure the crankcase’s oil.
The faulty piston rings cause oil leaks, which disintegrated the oil. The disintegrated oil then burns off after it has escaped through the ventilation. In addition to this, the plaintiff argues that the oil pressure relief valve in the Vortec engine spits the oil along with the piston skirts.
The extra oil that did not burn off turns into carbon. It gets pushed over the piston rights, which overloads and harms the engine. He argues that the oil leaks can cause serious harm to drivers since they can mess up the spark plugs and cause the engine to die suddenly.
The plaintiff also complains that the oil monitoring system installed on vehicles with Vortec engines is also faulty. He expects that the oil monitoring system will monitor oil levels in the engine. However, it only checks the engine’s revolution and temperature.
On top of this, the system also miscalculates the remaining oil. This information is vital to vehicle owners to warn them from driving vehicles that are not lubricated, which can cause vehicle damage.
The new class action lawsuit aims to represent customers who have purchased or leased the following 2011-2014 vehicle models from General Motors:
- Chevrolet Avalanche
- Chevrolet Silverado
- Chevrolet Suburban
- Chevrolet Tahoe
- GMC Sierra
- GMC Yukon and Yukon XL
The lawsuit alleges that General Motors has breached the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act. In addition to this, the lawsuit also accuses General Motors of violating the warranty of the purchased vehicles.
The plaintiff believes that General Motors has concealed and failed to inform consumers regarding the defects of the Vortec engines.
GM or General Motors is a multinational car manufacturer and distributor based in Michigan. Founded more than a century ago, GM is regarded by industry analysts and regular everyday consumers as one of the world’s leading car companies. The automobile maker is known for their car model offerings, including Chevrolet, Cadillac, and others.
Editor’s Note on General Motors Vortec Engine Oil Consumption Class Action Lawsuit 2021:
This is a new article published to inform you of the second class action lawsuit filed against GM over their Vortec engines’ oil consumption.
Case Name(s) & No.: Jared Hammond v. General Motors LLC; Case No.: 2:21-cv-11240-RHC-EAS
Jurisdiction: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
Products/Services Involved: Select GM Chevrolet and GMC models released between the years 2011 to 2014
Allegation(s): Some GM Chevrolet and GMC cars have a defective Vortec engine that causes high oil consumption.
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