Automotive Legal Advice

Ambrose et al. v. General Motors, LLC: Case No. 4:19-cv-13449 (E.D.Mich.). M&R and co-counsel filed a lawsuit against General Motors for their failure to address an acknowledged product defect in all of their 2015 and 2016 Chevrolet Colorados as well as GMC Canyon trucks. In 2016, GM recalled roughly 3,000 trucks over a power steering failure, due to faulty wiring, that made turning the vehicle’s wheels difficult. Owners report that the power steering would fail while they were in motion, sometimes multiple times during a single trip. After realizing that their vehicles were not covered by GM’s recall, Colorado and Canyon owners lodged complaints with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”). NHTSA estimates that GM may have needed to recall closer to 115,000 total vehicles, 38 times the amount they initially recalled. For more information or to see if your vehicle qualifies, visit our blog here.

Hutchinson v. General Motors LLC: Case No. 8:19-cv-01551 (D.Md.) and Rothschild v. General Motors LLC: Case No. 1:19-cv-05240 (E.D.N.Y.). Plaintiff represented by Migliaccio & Rathod LLP has brought a class action lawsuit on behalf of 2016-2018 owners of the Chevy Malibu for experiencing a reduction of speed while on the road due to a defective electronic throttle control and/or accelerator pedal position sensor. The defect manifests with a significant and sudden reduction of speed accompanied by a “Reduced Engine Power” warning message on the dash. This is a major safety concern because drivers have reported that the defect can cause a loss of control or a rear end accident from vehicles following behind. Despite its knowledge, GM has failed to recall the inherently dangerous electronic throttle control and/or accelerator pedal position sensors or reimburse vehicle owners for the inevitable failure of this critical part. If your Chevy Malibu has displayed the “Engine Power Reduced” warning message, please complete our confidential, online questionnaire available here.

Brown v. Hyundai Motor America et al.: Case No. 2:18-cv-11249 (D.N.J.). Hyundai Engine Failure. This consumer class action arose from a latent defect found in model year 2011 through 2016 Hyundai Elantra cars with “Nu” 1.8-liter engines. Defects in the piston assemblies of the Nu 1.8L engines cause total and irreparable engine failure, the symptoms of which include a knocking noise from the engine while the car is warming up after being started and/or while driving. Once the fateful engine knock sound begins, the engine will inevitably fail completely, causing a loss of engine power, power steering and brake assistance which can lead to stalling while the vehicle is in motion and place the operator o the vehicle, and those that share the road with them, at risk of accident, injury, or death. Once the Piston Defect has manifested, the engine block has been damaged beyond repair. Therefore, the only fix is replacement of the engine, which can cost upwards of $10,000. This case has been settled, but is pending court approval.

Dorsey Bennet et al. v. Hyundai Motor America: Case No. 8:20-cv-00890 (C.D.Cal.). Migliaccio & Rathod LLP filed a suit against Hyundai Motor America for their defective windshields that are easily prone to cracking in the 2020 Kia Telluride and its sister vehicle, the 2020 Hyundai Palisade. Multiple owners on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website and various Kia and Hyundai forums report windshields that crack very easily after being hit by small pebbles, or for no reason at all. The crack quickly progresses in a spiderweb pattern to expand further along the windshield, leaving owners to pay as much as $1,500 for a replacement. For some, their windshield cracked again soon after replacement, and many note that their windshield replacement has been on back order for months. If you have experienced this with your vehicle, contact us here.

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