GM Colorado Hesitation

General Motors May Face Class-Action Lawsuit Over Defective 8-Speed Transmissions

Models affected include the Chevrolet Silverado and Colorado, as well as the GMC Sierra and Canyon

The filed class-action lawsuit affects the Chevrolet Silverado as well as the GMC Sierra. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit allege General Motors’ 8-speed transmissions are defective.

Certain Chevrolet, Cadillac and GMC models built between 2015 and 2019 may have a defect in their 8-speed transmissions, according to a class-action lawsuit posted to ClassAction.org. GM Authority spotted the lawsuit, which says there are serious problems with GM’s Hydra-Matic 8L90 and 8L45 transmissions.

More specifically, the transmissions have a defect that cause vehicles to hesitate and jerk when accelerating or coming to a stop. The lawsuit reads, “These transmissions have a common defect…Drivers have reported that the shift is sometimes so violent, they feel as though they have been hit by another vehicle.”

It also mentions the case of an owner whose vehicle shifted from reverse to drive harshly enough that it nearly lurched through his garage door. The defect centers around the transmission itself or the torque converter. Over time, any shuddering, jerking or hestitation may cause internal issues, including metal shavings being circulated throughout the transmission.

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1. Compensation and Remedies

If you experienced problems with your GM Colorado, you may be entitled to compensation, a new vehicle, or a refund. Call for a Free Consultation, (claims handled on contingency with no payment needed).



Resources Pages





Here are some resource pages we have located in various areas of law.

www.contingencylawyernjny.com (Have a valid claim but worried about continuing legal fees. Consider possible contingency representation)

www.bettercallblackie.com (Cal. DUI lawyer)

www.ricolawyer.org (Representation and consultation under
State and Federal RICO laws)

www.lemonlawclaims.com (Review of lemon law claims, check pages on the Chevrolet Colorado)


Mistakes Pro Se (and sometimes lawyers) Make in Lemon Law Trials

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1. Not recognizing challenges 

New Jersey keeps statistics about lemon law trials and manufacturers win 70% of those trials.  So if you believe you simple need to show 3 repairs or 20 days out of service, you are unfortunately misplaced.

2. Requirement that the Problem Continues   

First, the law typically requires that the problem still exists.  So a lot of consumers lose when they say, I don’t care if they say its fixed and I agree its not malfunctioning now, but who’s to say it won’t malfunction in the future.  The point is I paid 45,000 for this car, I feel unsafe, and I want a reliable vehicle that I can trust.  Sounds good but that is not the legal standard.

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You mean if the problem is fixed, I can’t bring a claim under the lemon law? 

3. Material Impairment

You have to prove that a problem materially impairs use, value, or safety, saying the vehicle is unsafe may not be enough.

4. Doing it Yourself 

One thing we do is review the challenges beforehand, so the consumer is not surprised.  There are provisions for payment if you prevail, and doing it yourself can be a fatal and unnecessary mistake.

5. Lack of Expert Testimony and the Vehicle Characteristic Defense

Some problems are evident but sometimes, a manufacturer will suggest a condition is simply a product of the car’s design.  If a 4 cylinder vehicle is sluggish, that’s because the vehicle is designed for good gas economy.  Expert testimony can frequently dispel the claim of product design and help establish a problem.  We had a case involving an conditioner that periodically malfunctions, with the manufacturer submitting that the problem did not impair use, value, or safety.  However, the expert explained that the underlying problem impacted the engine, and the judge agreed the issue was substantial placing it under the lemon law.

6. Choosing the Wrong Forum

There are relatively strict requirements for lemon law cases in the Office of Administrative Law, but a variety of claims can be brought in court.  An attorney can help review where the case should be filed.

7. Getting a Lawyer Too Late 

A sadly  over-confident client loses a lemon law trial and then consults a lawyer.  Appeals may be time-consuming and clearly it is better to review options before trial.

HAVE A LEMON LAW CLAIM, CALL FOR A FREE CONSULTATION 

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Jewelry Charge Account Overbilling, Unauthorized Opening and Claims

 

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) and the People of the State of New York today settled claims against Sterling Jewelers Inc.  The Bureau’s and the State’s parallel investigations found that Sterling violated the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 by opening store credit-card accounts without customer consent; enrolling customers in payment-protection insurance without their consent; and misrepresenting to consumers the financing terms associated with the credit-card accounts. The Bureau also found that Sterling violated the Truth in Lending Act by signing customers up for credit-card accounts without having received an oral or written request or application from them. The State of New York found that Sterling violated several provisions of state law.

Under the settlement, Sterling will pay a $10 million civil money penalty to the Bureau and a $1 million civil money penalty to the State of New York. Sterling has also agreed to injunctive relief.   Sterling operates over 1,500 jewelry stores under several names, including Kay Jewelers, Jared The Galleria of Jewelry, JB Robinson Jewelers, Marks & Morgan Jewelers, Belden Jewelers, Goodman Jewelers, LeRoy’s Jewelers, Osterman Jewelers, Rogers Jewelers, Shaw’s Jewelers, and Weisfield Jewelers. Sterling is a wholly owned subsidiary of Signet Jewelers Limited, the largest specialty-jewelry retailer in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Copies of the complaint and the proposed consent order filed in federal district court in the Southern District of New York are available at: https://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/documents/bcfp_sterling-jewelers_complaint.pdf  and https://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/documents/bcfp_sterling-jewelers_proposed-consent-order.pdf 

If you experienced problems with a jewelry credit card, you may be entitled to compensation.

CALL (973) 598-1980 for a Free Consultation

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Typical Car Problems

A recent article in Carproblem Zoo discusses the incidence of vehicle problems.  Car Problems article

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Problem Category Number of Problems
  Engine And Engine Cooling
125407
  Electrical System
122541
  Power Train
106723
  Air Bag
106484
  Service Brakes
89519
  Steering
73914
  Equipment
55225
  Structure
50361
  Suspension
47318
  Vehicle Speed Control
47170
  Visibility
36326
  Other Fuel System
33821
  Exterior Lighting
33416
  Gasoline Fuel System
28181
  Tire
23063
  Seat Belt
16226
  Seats
14723
  Electronic Stability Control
13921
  Wheel
12208
  Latches/locks/linkage
11098
  Unknown Or Other
10920
  Parking Brake
2573
  Air Brake
2224
  Diesel Fuel System
1402
  Traction Control System
1361
  Interior Lighting
1180
  Child Seat
812
  Hybrid Propulsion System
138
  Forward Collision Avoidance
81
  Back Over Prevention
38
  Lane Departure
19

If you experienced repeated car problems, you may be entitled to compensation or a new car.  Call for a Free Consultation

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New Jersey Automobile Dealer Fraud

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A press release by the Division of Consumer Affairs discusses consumer fraud.   If you

have been a victim of consumer fraud by a dealer, you may be entitled to compensation.



NEWARK – Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the Division of Consumer Affairs today announced that a Middlesex County car dealership has agreed to pay $136,000 and change the way it does business in order to resolve the Division’s consumer fraud investigation of the dealership’s advertising, sales, and leasing practices.

Sansone Hyundai, Inc., located on US-1 in Avenel, entered into the settlement to end the Division’s investigation of its alleged activities, including failing to disclose the total price for certain advertised vehicles, and charging consumers for aftermarket merchandise that was listed at “no charge” on certain leases and sales contracts.

“Consumers should be able to purchase a new car without having to worry about misinformation and hidden costs,” said Attorney General Porrino.  “This settlement ensures that consumers will receive transparency and honesty from this dealership, as required by law.”

​“Dealerships must fully disclose all costs and fees associated with the purchase or lease of a vehicle before consumers sign on the dotted line,” said Steve Lee, Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs.  “We will continue to enforce the laws and regulations in place to ensure consumers have the facts they need to make informed decisions.”

In a Consent Order with the Division, Sansone Hyundai, among other things, agreed to:

  • comply with all applicable state and/or federal laws, rules, and regulations, including the Consumer Fraud Act, the Motor Vehicle Advertising Regulations, the Automotive Sales Regulations, and the Consumer Leasing Act;
  • not misrepresent the terms and conditions of any financing or lease plan;
  • not add and charge for aftermarket merchandise, such as window etch or service contracts, without consumers’ knowledge and/or authorization;
  • not represent to consumers that certain dealer-installed options and/or aftermarket merchandise are mandatory when, in fact, they are not;
  • not sell consumers aftermarket merchandise that overlaps or provides similar benefits in part to merchandise the consumer has already purchased through the lease or sale transaction;
  • accurately reflect in leases the “gross capitalized cost” as required by the consumer leasing act;
  • provide consumers with an opportunity to review all leases and/or sales documents and/or aftermarket contracts prior to signing; and
  • not identify the advertised prices of a motor vehicle by reference to the MSRP sticker, when the motor vehicle includes an addendum to the MSRP sticker that reflects a higher total price.

Sansone Hyundai also agreed to make a $136,250 settlement payment to the State.

Investigator Patrick Mullan, of the Division of Consumer Affairs’ Office of Consumer Protection, conducted this investigation.

​ Deputy Attorney General Cathleen O’Donnell from the Consumer Fraud Prosecution Section within the Division of Law represented the State in this matter.

2015 Chevy 4.3 engine problems

There have been multiple complaints about engine problems on 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and other models.  They include,
Engine Stalls/Dies While Driving,
Starts Hard,  Check Engine Light On
Excessive Oil Consumption
Hesitation/Jerking When Trying To Accelerate

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Here are some typical complaints excerpted from NHTSA records,

Engine light stays on will not pass state inspection, traction control or maybe stability light on, loss of power not shifting right, no ac, shut down eng display comes on.

While driving my new 2015 Silverado. I experienced the dash lights flashing on and off, radio on and off, Stabilitrak warning, and Engine Failure. I find this issue to be very unsafe. Due to engine failure possibly in the middle of traffic.
Vehicle owners may be entitled to compensation for repair costs or inconvenience, replacement vehicle, or refund.  Claims may be presented for breach of warranty, lemon law, and Magnuson-Moss Act violations.

Sources


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Keywords

2015 chevy silverado problems, 2015 chevy 5.3 engine problems, Chevy Silverado recalls
Call (973) 598-1980 for a Free Consultation on Your Chevrolet Engine Claim

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