Class Action Lawsuit Targets Gas Mileage of Older GM Crossovers

class action lawsuit targets gas mileage of older gm crossovers

It looks like a gas card mailout didn’t take all the heat off of General Motors.

After compensating owners of its full-size 2016 crossovers in the wake of the recent fuel economy controversy, a class action lawsuit filed in a California court is pointing the finger at older models and demanding the automaker pay up.

Back in May, GM revealed an “inadvertent error” caused incorrect EPA fuel economy ratings to show up in the window stickers of 2016 Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia crossovers. The stickers overstated the vehicles’ mileage by one to two miles per gallon. After a stop sale order, a label swap and the hasty rollout of a customer compensation plan, GM’s woes weren’t over.

A report in Consumer Reports questioned the fuel economy readings of older versions of the afflicted models, which have the same powertrain as new models. The publication looked back at previous tests and found the real-world mileage of the models were two to three miles per gallon below their EPA rating, or similar to the revised economy of the 2016 models.

The class action lawsuit, first revealed by GMInsideNews, targets 2009–2016 versions of the Lambda platform triplets and accuses GM of “deceptive marketing.” The suit alleges the models don’t achieve the advertised 19 mpg combined fuel economy rating, and that the automaker essentially charged a “price premium” for the vehicles.

The plaintiff and class members’ argument is the same one laid out by Consumer Reports — that the older vehicles “all have substantially the same engines, weights, sizes and shapes and, thus, should achieve substantially identical gas mileage.”

Because the suit covers millions of vehicles sold since “at least the beginning of 2009,” potential damages are pegged at more than $5 million.

In response to the report questioning the mileage of its older vehicles, GM stated that “no other models or model years were affected.”

[Source: GMInsideNews]

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  • DeadWeight DeadWeight on Jun 20, 2016

    OMG, I SAW A BUICK ENVISION COMMERCIAL TONIGHT!!! It featured a suburban white couple who had a toddler that was finding it difficult to fall asleep, so dad took him out for night time car ride IN HIS CHINESE PARTS-COMPRISED AND CHINESE ASSEMBLED BUICK ENVISION THAT GENERAL MOTORS NEVER ONCE MENTIONS IS 100% A CHINESE VEHICLE THROUGH AND THROUGH. It a not a your fader's Bruick!!!

  • Traversebill Traversebill on Jul 05, 2016

    Ok, so I get the letter from GM about the settlement for my 2016 Traverse. On that site they suggest that you look at 3 lawsuits that have been filed. Some in CA and one that mentions older models going back to 2009. I had a 2010 and 2013. My question is: if I take the gift card for the 2016 am I still eligible for a lawsuit for the earlier models? I didn't see anything in the disclaimer and agreement for the gift card. Will there be notice of a class action lawsuit coming for the older models? You have until the end of July to take the $900 card.

  • Snickel Fritz I just bought a '97 JX 4WD 4AT, and though it's not quite roadworthy yet I am already in awe of it's simplicity and apparent ruggedness. What I am equally in awe of, is the scarcity of not only parts but correct information regarding anything on this platform. I'm going to do my best to get this little donkey back on it's feet, but I wouldn't suggest this as a project vehicle for anyone who doesn't already have several... and a big impressive shop with a full suite of fabrication/machining/welding equipment, and friends with complimentary skillsets, and extra money, and... you get the idea. If you don't, I urge you to read up on the options for replacing anything on these rigs. I didn't read enough before buying, and I have zero of the above suggested prerequisites... so I'm an idiot, don't listen to me. Go buy all of 'em!
  • Bryan Raab Davis I actually did use the P of D trope, but it was only gentle chiding, for I love old British cars of every sort.
  • ScarecrowRepair The 1907 Panic had several causes of increased demand for money:[list][*]The semi-annual shift of money between farms and cities (to buy for planting and selling harvests)[/*][*]Britain and Germany borrowing for their naval arms race[/*][*]San Francisco reconstruction borrowing after the 1906 earthquake and fire[/*][/list]Two things made it worse:[list][*]Idiotic bans on branch banking, which prevented urban, rural, and other state branches from shifting funds to match demands. This same problem made the Great Depression far worse. Canada, which allowed branch banking, had no bank failures; the US had 9000 failures.[/*][*]Idiotic reserve requirements left over from the Civil War which prevented banks from loaning money; they eventually started honoring IOUs illegally and started the recovery.[/*][/list]Been a while since I read up on it, so I may have some of the details wrong. But it was an amazing clusterfart which could have been avoided or at least tamed sooner if states and the feds hadn't been so ham handed.
  • FreedMike Maybe this explains all the “Idiots wrecking exotic cars” YouTube videos.
  • FreedMike Good article! And I salute the author for not using the classic “Lucas - prince of darkness” trope, well earned as it may be. We all know the rap on BL cars, but on the flip side, they’re apparently pretty easy to work on (at least that’s the impression I’ve picked up). On the other hand, check the panel fits on the driver’s and passenger’s doors. Clearly, BL wasn’t much concerned with things like structural integrity when it chopped the roof off a car designed as a coupe.
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