GM Facing Class-Action Lawsuit Over Defective Tires

GM Facing Class-Action Lawsuit Over Defective Tires

A class-action lawsuit, brought on behalf of a Pennsylvania women, claims that GM knew about a defective rear spindle rod problem on it’s full-size 2007-08 Chevy Impala which caused excessive tire wear. While GM addressed the issue on police spec vehicles,it apparently chose to ignore the matter on some 400,000 examples owned by civilian motorists.

Donna Trusky, of Blakely, PA, claims she purchased a new Chevy Impala in 2008 and the tires wore out after just 6,000 miles of driving. Her local GM dealer replaced the tires and gave the car an alignment, but according to Ms Trusky didn’t disclose the spindle rod issue. Last year, her car had to go in for a safety inspection but in order to pass, Ms Trusky had to replace the tires again, and by this juncture the Impala still had less than 25,000 miles on the clock.

The suit, if successful, could end up costing GM millions of dollars in replacement tires and suspension parts. “Despite having knowledge of this premature wear problem, (GM) has not recalled the subject cars, which has required class members to pay the cost of fixing the defective spindle rods as well as for replacement tires and realignment,” alleges the lawsuit, filed last week.

So far, GM has declined to comment on the suit, because, as spokesman Alan Adler said, the automaker has yet to review it.  The company also said that the police spec Impala features a number of different components compared with the civilian version, including heavy-duty cooling and electrical system and special suspension.

Nevertheless more and more complaints are surfacing from angry motorists bringing forth claims of excessive tire use and having to pay out of pocket to fix the rear suspension problem that causes it. One owner of a 2008 Impala LTZ claims his car nearly crashed after suffering a blowout after driving fewer than 11,000 miles, and yet another said he had to replace his tires after just 6,000 miles of driving, resulting in using three sets of tires after covering just 41,000 miles.

David Fink, a lawyer representing affected Impala owners says that police spec Impalas are not significantly different enough from those sold to the general public and that “we don’t think there’s a meaningful difference in terms of defect.”

[Source: Detroit News]