Last Updated on November 2, 2023
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.
Status of the GM Truck and SUV Paint Defect Class 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.
Which GM Models Are Affected?
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?
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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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