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A group of Corvette owners has filed a class action lawsuit against General Motors, alleging that the company is not taking action to correct a problem with the 7.0-liter V8 engine used in the Corvette 427 and Z06 models from 2006 to 2013.
The defect automotive lawsuit claims that GM is aware that the Corvette engines have excessive valve guide wear leading to engine failure and repairs, despite the company advertising the high quality and durability of the engines.
In the suit, the plaintiffs say that GM has taken no steps to correct the problems with the engines, noting that “despite GM’s repeated assurances that the subject engines were performing as designed, the engines fail at a high rate.”
The problem even affects cars with low mileage, the suit claims.
Furthermore, when the company came up with a “wiggle test” to determine whether the valve guides were out of specification, too many engines failed the test and GM dropped the method, the suit says.
“When GM determined that its adopted test would lead to more repair and investigations than it wished to perform, the test was summarily rejected,” the lawsuit states. “In dealing with multiple complaints concerning the subject engine in the class vehicles, GM acted, at all times, to deflect criticisms, defer investigations and repairs, and minimized the extent of the problems.”
The suit says that owners have suffered significant costs for inspection and repairs, and that GM still has not come up with a solution to the problem, claiming only that “valve train noise” is an inherent engine feature and not a defect.
Despite such claims by GM, the suit contends that drivers have incurred significant expenses for inspection and repairs of the cars.
According to the complaint, there are over 70 claims including violations of the RICO Act, unjust enrichment, negligence and consumer fraud.
The plaintiffs are represented by Andre E Jardini of Knapp Petersen and Clarke. The case is Pilgrim et al. v. General Motors Company LLC, case number 2:15-cv-08047 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
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