1. Overview of GM Steering Class Action
A class action (Case 1:13-cv-00437-LJO-GSA)
has been filed alleging widespread steering problems on GM vehicles. It alleges problems in:
- 2009 through 2012 GMC Acadia,
- 2009 through 2012 Buick Enclave, or
- 2009 through 2012 Chevrolet Traverse vehicles.
The complaint alleges that even where Defendants (GM) agree to address consumer complaints of power steering being nonresponsive and/or completely failing, Defendants merely replace the defective rack and pinion, power steering pump, bushings, or steering gear with the same defective components.
2. Nature of Problem
The complaint alleges,
“The class steering systems, equipped in all Class Vehicles, include the steering wheel, steering column, rack and pinion, steering pump, steering gear, steering gear bushings, and grommet at bottom, maneuvering the vehicle begins with the steering wheel, which is attached to the steering column. From the steering column, the driver’s rotational input from the steering wheel is converted to linear motion through the rack and pinion. The rack and pinion thereby controls the axles of the vehicle, thusly turning the vehicle to the direction based on driver input. A power steering pump employs hydraulic pressure to force directional movement with less action required by the driver. Clearly, the steering system is a very sophisticated system of interdependent components that are critical to the movement, direction and control of the vehicle.
In 2009, Defendants began to bring Class Vehicles with the steering systems installed to the market. Unfortunately, these steering systems were plagued with numerous defects. Dating back to 2008, if not before, Defendants were aware of the defects of the steering system. Defendants, however, failed and refused to disclose these known defects to consumers. As a result of this failure, Plaintiff and Class Members have been damaged.
3. The Steering Defect Poses An Unreasonable Safety Hazard
Class Vehicles have habitually suffered steering system failure while in traffic, creating a very serious safety hazard. These failures often result in the steering wheel locking, loss of power steering while in motion, knocking, bumping, or grinding noises while turning, steering wheel instability, and total steering wheel failure.
Hundreds, if not thousands, of purchasers and lessees of the Class Vehicles have experienced problems with the steering system. Complaints filed by consumers with the NHTSA and posted on the Internet demonstrate that the defect is widespread and dangerous, expensive to repair, and that it manifests without warning. The complaints also indicate Defendants’ awareness of the problems with the steering system, the costs associated with the necessary repairs.”