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
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?
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?
MyCarVoice.com 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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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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81 thoughts on “GM Truck and SUV Paint Defect – What You Need To Know”
Kristopher PhillipsMay 8, 2022 at 7:36 pm
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.
ChristopherMay 9, 2022 at 7:32 am
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.
lauri TaymanSeptember 25, 2022 at 2:18 pm
How do you submit a complaint.? My 2017 Chevy Tahoe has paint issues on the hood and roof. So bad.
ChristopherSeptember 26, 2022 at 12:41 pm
Hi Lauri. You can submit a complaint here.
Jarrett MaxwellDecember 8, 2022 at 9:36 am
This issue with Chevy and GMC paint has been going on for much longer in their work vans. My 2007 Chevy Express cargo van is peeling and rusting. Has this lawsuit been extended to cover other models and years or nationwide? I feel this defect has adversely affected my business.
Mike KraftDecember 12, 2022 at 10:35 pm
I have a 2013 Sierra Denali that is peeling all over. Even has the premium paint package.
They want over $4k to fix the peeling spots. Even if I do that it will start peeling somewhere else.
How do I get in on the law suit?
JoeJanuary 7, 2023 at 3:09 pm
Sign me up!!! 2015 High Country peeling paint on hood and doors.
Brenda ShumateJanuary 30, 2023 at 2:05 pm
I Have a 2015 Chevy Tahoe that was my dream vehicle. I purchased it new for 60,000 which was a lot for me but I planned on this being my last vehicle as I was getting ready to retire. I paid $60,000 for it and paid 10,00 down payment. I was so proud of this vehicle and literally felt like a queen driving it around. I delayed retirement until I paid off my Tahoe and paid 1000.00 a month to get it paid off quicker. Instead of being proud of it I am embarrassed to drive it. The hood, roof and top of the doors has lost all its paid. I am so depressed about this issue and do not know what to do. I took it to the Chevy dealer in Weatherford, Texas where I purchased it. They gave me a verbal quote of 10,000 to repaint. My Tahoe has 55,000 miles on it and I am stuck with a 60000 dollar inferior vehicle. I am devastated. Please advise.
ChristopherFebruary 3, 2023 at 8:43 am
Brenda hopefully you can get some relief if/when a decision on this case is made. Unfortunately, paint defects are difficult cases. I’m surprised the dealer you bought he vehicle from isn’t working with you on that repaint price…3k-10k is the typical spit ball price. I would push them to cut that 10k price in half.
Felipe mendezNovember 27, 2022 at 11:48 pm
My 2016 GMC Yukon XLT paint fate out and I have to paid out my packet to repaint the hood. Now to top portion of the vehicle is fated out to the point that there is no shine at all.
Rose RussJanuary 19, 2023 at 9:44 pm
My blue 2016 Trax is peeling under the back window and now also starting on either side of the hatchback.
Robert JohnstonMarch 17, 2023 at 1:44 pm
My 2017 Escalade has same paint issue’s. Roof and hood. I can’t wait for class actions. But I will keep my invoice for my paint repair !
MickyJanuary 13, 2023 at 10:45 am
Paint is falling off my 2005 white Tahoe. So aggravating. It goes much further back than this lawsuit.
Vincent LattanziMarch 15, 2023 at 1:42 pm
I have a 05 denall same problem roof driver side peeling in sheets
I had this truck since new always well kept,to repaint it will be over 10 grand
Casey PerkinsSeptember 25, 2022 at 5:43 pm
Have paint issue but I am in Harvest Alabama. How can I join the law suit?
ChristopherSeptember 26, 2022 at 12:43 pm
Hi Casey. You don’t need to do anything to join this class action. But if you want to be kept in the loop with news about this case, you can submit your complaint here.
Sacha AudibertOctober 5, 2022 at 10:27 am
Have a 2017 gmc Tahoe. Went to trade it in and the paint on the hood was pointed out. Apparently there is a Defect in the paint. The paint on the door handles is also
Peeling off. How do I join the lawsuit.
ChristopherOctober 5, 2022 at 1:29 pm
Sacha this is an ongoing cases, so you won’t need to do anything to be considered a part of a potential class action settlement. If this case settles, anyone who was affected would be able to claim compensation. But we do recommend adding your complaint so we have you on record and send you any important updates that pertain to this lawsuit. Hope this helps.
Felipe mendezNovember 27, 2022 at 11:55 pm
My 2016 GMC Yukon hood faded out and I paid to get it repainted. Now the top cab is completely faded out. It has beef that way for about 3 years already. I didn’t know about this matter previously. I hope they be hold accountable. I bought this vehicle for my wife and it’s definitely not turning out the gift I wanted for her. We are very disappointed.
Janet BlankenshipMarch 2, 2023 at 8:12 am
My 2014 Silverado paint is bubbling and peeling who is going to fix this
John RossavickDecember 1, 2022 at 10:44 am
I have a 2016 Silverado high country and it’s chipping and the dealer gave me the runaround.
Mike TaylorsonJanuary 6, 2023 at 3:21 pm
Hello, from Canada and my 2016 Silverado has major paint issues. Cant even take through a car wash without sheets coming off. Have talked with my dealership but just get the run around.
Mike LyJanuary 6, 2023 at 9:10 pm
Hi there, another Canadian and Mike, I just recently bought a 2015 chevy silverado 1500 about 2 weeks ago. I just took my truck through a car wash a few days ago because of snowstorm we had before Xmas, I just noticed today the paint along the windshield is peeling/flaking off, I was so happy with my truck now disappointed with paint problem. Planning to do a paint touch up but now not sure it’ll work.
Markroach@frontier.comFebruary 23, 2023 at 11:47 pm
I have a 2014 ltz silverado white paint is bubbling up and peeling off. Nothing butt problems.
Bailey JeffMarch 16, 2023 at 7:29 pm
2015 GMC Sierra with upgraded paint, white frost something. Peeling all around the windows. Took it to the dealer and was told there was nothing they could do. My 2003 Tahoe paint looked almost as good as the day I bought and just sold that 2 years ago.
ArronSeptember 25, 2022 at 7:58 pm
I want to join the lawsuit, I’m furious over my 2015 Silverado started peeling. I took to dealer they offered to repaint at my cost no dealer assistance. I paint more for my paint it was on the invoice when I bought truck brand new.
ChristopherSeptember 26, 2022 at 12:46 pm
Hi Arron. I don’t blame you. Nothing you need to do to join the class action, but to be kept in the loop with this case submit your complaint here.
Kenneth mooreNovember 12, 2022 at 6:22 pm
I definitely want information about how to join. 2016 gmc sierra paint failing.
Japheth CunninghamNovember 23, 2022 at 1:04 pm
I am also from Tennesee and my 2015 Yukon Denali hood and roof has no clear coat. I was declined on 2 seperate insurance claims due to this lawsuit. How do I know if I this lawsuit will repair my vehicle??
AmberDecember 2, 2022 at 7:47 pm
Yes. I would like to know how to join the lawsuit also
SheilaJanuary 31, 2023 at 12:51 pm
How do I join the lawsuit? I’ve been getting the runaround on my 2016 blue Chevy Trax,ever since the paint began peeling 3 years ago. I have pictures and video.
MarkFebruary 23, 2023 at 11:51 pm
2014 white 1500 silverado paint has bubbles on quarter panel and is bubbling and peeling off on door looks horrible feel like I got took
Ryan CatenaFebruary 28, 2023 at 8:27 am
I recently had the same paint peeling issue on my 2016 Sierra 2500. I already put in a complaint here and will be going to my local dealership to complain to them also. Please keep me in the loop with this lawsuit. I asked to be subscribed to the post here. Any additional or new info would be appreciated.
Martez NixonMay 16, 2022 at 5:32 pm
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
Norma J. WilliamsMay 23, 2022 at 3:16 pm
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!
DebbieMay 28, 2022 at 7:38 pm
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”.
DebbieMay 29, 2022 at 1:21 am
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.
William GittingsMay 30, 2022 at 10:30 am
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?
AlbertoNovember 21, 2022 at 2:30 pm
I bought my 2015 Silverado brand new in Summit white and my paint is flaking off. Plus the transmission is going out.
Gwendolyn TillmanJanuary 7, 2023 at 12:31 am
I have the same issues I have replaced the transmission once already in my 2017 Suburban. The hood OMG the paint is gone. The screen went out as well I will never buy another Chevy again
Brian D.June 15, 2022 at 2:13 pm
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.
JonathanSeptember 3, 2022 at 1:46 pm
Brian, this is EXACTLY the same thing happening on my 2015 silverado
TamyJune 20, 2022 at 2:59 pm
Is there a lawsuit in Texas, because I have the peeling paint issue on my 2019 Tahoe
Chris GoadJune 22, 2022 at 8:35 am
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?
Irma CastroJuly 19, 2022 at 7:17 pm
I purchased a Chevy Tahoe in 2015. The paint started fading within the first couple of years. The hood looks very faded, old and scratched. Glad to hear a lawsuit has been filed.
Gloria WilliamsJuly 26, 2022 at 8:01 pm
I just noticed yesterday that my 2015 Terrain is starting to faded I am so upset this is my first new car I have ever bought everything else was used I know this paint should last longer
M SchaffranekAugust 8, 2022 at 5:10 pm
I took my 2016 Chevy suburban (black) with 69k miles to the dealership as I noticed the paint issues on the hood, roof and side mirrors. The manager told me that after 4 – 5 years the clear coat goes bad. I found today that my paint protection warranty ran out in January 2022 so I would need to pay $2,300 to get it fixed. I paid a lot of money for this car and GM knows about this problem and needs to fix it. I want to to stay on top of this and my SUV definitely needs to be on the list. We are in Virginia.
Beth WhitesideAugust 24, 2022 at 7:33 pm
I am having the same problem with my 2018 black Yukon xl Denali. We bought it brand new. The clear coat is gone on the hood and roof. I spoke with GM and the dealership. GM did start a case number and told me to get and estimate at the dealership. I did that today. They are not promising to pay for it. My bumper to bumper warrant expired in December 2021. I have 34k miles on it and To say I am upset is an understatement.
Roland ArevalosSeptember 3, 2022 at 4:27 pm
I have 2017 yukon hood is fogging up in San Antonio Texas who can I call.
Christina BarnesSeptember 5, 2022 at 4:56 am
The clear coat on my 2015 Suburban started to fade after 3 years. Dealer told me that I needed to take better care of my car. I have a 2013 Malibu and a 2010 Lexus that still look great. This is definitely a defect that GM needs to help us with. The whole value of my car is cut in half.
RobertSeptember 13, 2022 at 4:39 pm
I have a 2016 Chevy Tahoe tungsten Gray and the hood is all scratched and Faded. Is there any update on this lawsuit?
MarcieSeptember 17, 2022 at 10:03 am
My 2017 Yukon is doing the same thing. I hope they fix this. Watching and waiting for an outcome from GMC
Dawn SchmidtSeptember 18, 2022 at 5:06 pm
My 2017 Chevy Silverado XLT started peeling about a month ago. I bought this truck brand new it has 59,760 miles on it and is peeling behind the passenger side back window, on the roof just above the windshield and on the driver side windshield support.
Parker JellySeptember 27, 2022 at 5:50 pm
Does this carry over to vehicles in Canada? I have a 2016 Silverado with no rust, but the paint is flaking off my doors and fenders.
Jeff BaderOctober 7, 2022 at 1:34 am
My 2016 Yukon Denali, Iridium Metallic, is fading on hood and roof. In fact, the hood has even had PPF (Suntech) since new and still fading and losing its shine. I’m in CA and vehicle only has 42,000 miles.
CarieOctober 17, 2022 at 3:36 pm
2015 Yukon Denali, black in color, with the same issues many have stated. I have bubbling on the quarter panel and extreme discoloration on the hood.
Definitely interested in staying current with the happenings on this case.
THOMAS DELOYOctober 19, 2022 at 6:08 pm
Owner 2016 GMC Yukon SLT
PAINT STARTING TO BUBBLE LEFT FRONT FENDER ABOVE WHEEL
Robert HowardOctober 20, 2022 at 10:43 pm
I also have a 2015 GMC Terrain. The hood clear coat seems to be gone. Paint at passenger side rear corner flaking and peeling off. Spot steadily getting larger%
Kristin MOctober 24, 2022 at 11:58 am
I have a 2017 Chevy Suburban and the paint started going in 2019, and has progressively gotten worse since. It is not just the full hood of the suburban, but it is also the roof that has bad paint, and the paneling between the passenger and driver doors is peeling off as well. We have gotten multiple estimates; all in the thousands to repaint both the hood and the roof, and keep hearing it is a common problem that Chevy has. This has significantly lowered the value in my Suburban, and I am not happy camper, and may never buy another Chevy again if they do not right their wrong.
Scott JohnsOctober 24, 2022 at 11:40 pm
Yes I have a 2016 Silverado 1500 4×4 , a few weeks ago I was at a self service car wash washing my truck, started to wash off what I thought was a couple of dirt spots and all of the sudden paint started flying off , revealing a green primmer, there are two 6×3″ paintless spots on the front of my truck, I love my truck but Chevy needs to do something about this, this is rediculess.
Russell p CobbOctober 26, 2022 at 7:05 pm
Have a 2023 Blazer and the paint is so thin and so easily scratched.
BKNovember 9, 2022 at 3:32 pm
I have a 2016 GMC DENALI YUKON badass car that looks terrible. The paint has faded so bad all over and its bubbling in areas. How do we get involved i am having my car repainted by Maaco because i cant afford to get it done anywhere else and not ready to dish out 85k for a new one! HELP
Cheryl SimonsNovember 16, 2022 at 8:09 pm
I like to join the class action lawsuit. The scratches on my 2018 hood and roof look terrible
ChristopherNovember 17, 2022 at 7:48 am
Cheryl please follow this link to add your car problem
sandra zellwegerDecember 18, 2022 at 7:15 pm
my 2017 chevy tahoe has problems with the paint on the hood. it looks cracked under the clear coat and is not starting on the top. Cmon chevrolet do better
Ryan VanderleeDecember 26, 2022 at 6:42 pm
My 2015 GMC Sierra in California San Diego. It has been peeling paint for the last 2-4 years and multiple paint shops say piss poor paint job from factor and they won’t touch it. So my truck sits with paint peeling. I have it under cover but worries of it rusting. I already had the rear driver door and hood fixed but they won’t touch any more.
Nicolas James LeombrunoDecember 30, 2022 at 3:34 pm
My 2016 Sierra Denali is having the same issues peeling hood, A pillar, roof. How can I join the lawsuit?
TadJanuary 8, 2023 at 2:27 pm
My 2017 also has paint peeling on the roof and inside the bed. Please keep me updated.
JohnJanuary 14, 2023 at 6:41 pm
I have a 2014 Silverado that has peeling in multiple spots around the rear door windows, on the front of of the hood, and a spot by the front window. I have another vehicle which is older, drove by the same driver, has many more miles which has been in the same conditions and has no peeling at all. The spots on the Chevrolet are consistent with everyone else who has posted pictures and I told my father a few years ago that is not normal. Since he recently passed I just started looking into getting it repaired and wanted to see if anyone else was having this issue. Out of all the vehicles he or anyone in my family has owned have ever seen anything like that, especially occurring in areas where not much contact of anything occurs (hood could be an exception)
Jon ThornburgFebruary 2, 2023 at 8:07 pm
I have a 2014 GMC 2500HD Duramax. The paint on the hood has bubbled all the way down the left side from windshield to the grill about 3-4 inches wide. There is nothing more aggravating than to be driving down the road and see paint just fly off the hood. There is another spot on the top at the 3rd brake light about the size of a baseball. $70,000 truck paint coming off how do i get in on the lawsuit!
ChristopherFebruary 3, 2023 at 8:34 am
Your paint is peeling off as you drive?
Nothing you need to do to be part of a class action lawsuit. However, if you like to be notified as soon as a decision is reached, add your car complaint here: https://mycarvoice.com/submit-car-complaint/
Abdullah Al-HarbiMarch 17, 2023 at 7:48 am
My 2017 Black GMC YUKON XL is also flaking on front and over. This really looks bad and will affect resale value for sure.KSA
BrianFebruary 6, 2023 at 10:58 am
Christopher do you know if there is a lawsuit in Illinois.
ChristopherFebruary 6, 2023 at 12:43 pm
To my knowledge Brian, there is not a lawsuit for this problem in Illinois.
VicFebruary 6, 2023 at 4:55 pm
I have a 2017 GMC Sierra with peeling clear coat. Does this law suit cover vehicles in Louisiana also?
DougFebruary 11, 2023 at 2:25 pm
My 2016 White GMC Sierra Denali is also flaking on front and back bumper and now behind and between the cab. This really looks bad and will affect resale value for sure. Currently in Ohio purchased in Missouri used in 2020.
JeanneFebruary 11, 2023 at 6:22 pm
The hood on 2015 Chevy Tahoe
Looks like someone took a piece of sandpaper and scratched it up good. It looks awful! Should I get it repaired or wait for the recall or class action lawsuit?
Ozzy M.February 23, 2023 at 8:08 am
Same issues with peeling paint on my 2015 Silverado.
GrahamFebruary 23, 2023 at 11:26 pm
I have a 2015 white Chevy 2500. Paint flaking on doors and wheel wells.
Jim FMarch 13, 2023 at 8:15 pm
The clearcoat on my 2017 GMC Sierra is peeling on the hood and roof. Will that be covered in the lawsuit and what do I need to do?
lenny oliverMarch 15, 2023 at 9:39 pm
i have a 2013 GMC truck that the paint is pealing on the roof and the driver side front fender how can i get in on the law suite ?