GM Truck Paint Defect

GM Truck and SUV Paint Defect – What You Need To Know

If you’re the owner of a 2015-2019 GM truck or SUV, there’s something you need to know. A class action lawsuit has been filed against General Motors over paint defects affecting these vehicles. The plaintiffs also allege that GM knew about the defect and failed to take corrective action. The lawsuit Riley, et al., vs. General Motors LLC has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and represents owners from Florida and Tennessee.

Read on for more information about the GM truck paint defect lawsuit and what it could mean for affected owners.

GM Peeling Paint Lawsuit Details

GM owners allege the paint on their vehicles is prone to peeling, bubbling, flaking and blistering. The suit claims the paint begins to fail without any external or environmental influence. The defect as stated in the lawsuit, seems to suggest the issue is with the inability of the paint and clear coat to properly bond due to their opposing chemical properties. As a result, the paint is unable to adhere to the surface and begins to bubble and flake exposing the primer sealer.

Peeling Paint More Than Just An Eyesore

Besides being visually unappealing–bubbling, peeling and flaking paint exposes the surface it was designed to protect. If left unrepaired, paint defects can eventually lead to rust further degrading the appearance of the car. Owners claim they have witnessed the finish on their GM trucks and SUVs deteriorate at an alarming rate over recent years. They are now seeking compensation for their losses, and are calling on GM to recall all vehicles affected by the paint defect.

The suit also claims GM was aware of the paint defects, but did not inform it’s customers and continued to market and sell the vehicles.

What Some Owners are Saying About Their GM Truck Paint Problems

Chevy Silverado Paint Issues
2014 GMC SLT Truck Paint Peeling 
2017 GMC Sierra Paint Peeling

Status of the GM Truck and SUV Paint Defect Class Action

Class Action Currently Active

The lawsuit (Riley, et al., vs. General Motors LLC) has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and represents owners from Florida and Tennessee.

Which GM Models Are Affected?

Vehicles named in the suit include the 2015 through 2019 Chevy Silverado, Suburban and Tahoe; and GMC Yukon, Yukon XL, and Sierra.

Decreased Value of Vehicles Due to Paint Defect

The lawsuit claims the paint defect has decreased the resale value of these vehicles. Additionally, owners state that a repaint will not suffice, as its near impossible for a body shop to match the finish applied by paint robots at the factory. As a result, the suit calls on GM to repurchase all affected vehicles at full cost, and reimburse lessees for the amount paid toward their leases. A request to recall all known GM models with defective paint has also been included in the suit.

Questions About This Lawsuit? is not counsel or the settlement administrator in this class action investigation. Our goal is to inform owners of these vehicles of the current lawsuit.

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Final Thoughts

The lawsuit against GM alleges that the automaker knew about the paint defects for years and did nothing to correct them. This is not the first time GM has been in hot water over its vehicles. The company is currently facing several lawsuits for defects with it’s 8L45 and 8L90 transmissions. What do you think of the allegations against GM in this case? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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    Kristopher PhillipsMay 8, 2022

    How does a person join this lawsuit in Tennessee? If anyone knows please let me know. My 2015 Tahoe has the same issues. I’ve paid out of pocket to repair the hood and now the roof is blistering. What a crock to spend this much money on a vehicle just to have to repaint it in 6 years.

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      ChristopherMay 9, 2022

      You don’t need to do anything, as you are automatically part of the suit unless you write a letter opting out. But I would either submit your car complaint here, or subscribe to this post. This way when news becomes available, you will be notified.

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    Martez NixonMay 16, 2022

    My brother and I both have the issues with the transmission and paint this really needs to be fixed and GM needs to fix their defects

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    Norma J. WilliamsMay 23, 2022

    My black 2016 GMC YUKON XL, has paint bubbling up …on the hood especially on the hood! Scratches and fading..I took it to the GMC dealer they told me not to buy another black vehicle.. That this years vehicle had paint problems.. it was beautiful coming off the lot.. I am highly upset!

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    DebbieMay 28, 2022

    I have a 2016 Chevy suburban with 60000 miles. I was thinking of buying a new car because the paint is starting to look so bad. A manager at a Chevy dealership said the car was only worth $27000 because they had to deduct money because the paint looked so bad. I couldn’t believe it. When I said it was their paint, he said “ not my problem”.

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    DebbieMay 29, 2022

    My 2016 red. Suburban has fading and scratchy looking paint. The car looks 20 years old. I have called Chevy and the dealer that sold it to me and they don’t even want to talk to me. Today I was picking up my daughter at her Chevy. Dealer and while waiting talked to a salesman. I told him I was thinking of trading the car in, so he took it to his manager. The manager said he could only give me $27000 because the paint job looked so bad. I paid $80000 for this car. To say I’m upset is an understatement.

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    William GittingsMay 30, 2022

    I’m having the same problem. The paint on my 2016 Sierra is just falling off. I purchased it as a certified preowned, will it still be covered in the lawsuit?

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    Brian D.June 15, 2022

    2015 Chevy Silverado – Paint peeling on hood, windshield post, and around back door windows. I tried working with GM and the dealer when I started noticing a couple of years ago. Absolutely no help. I hope they make this right.

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    TamyJune 20, 2022

    Is there a lawsuit in Texas, because I have the peeling paint issue on my 2019 Tahoe

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    Chris GoadJune 22, 2022

    I have a 2013 Cadillac Escalade ESV that has the same paint peeling issue that should be included in this class action. I reported this to GM and they denied the claim. How would I go about getting my information to the attorneys that are dealing with GM?


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